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Lanita Numina

Aboriginal

 

Lanita Numina is one of the middle sisters of the six well known desert artists, the Numina Sisters. She also has two brothers. Her dear father has passed on and her mum still paints from time to time. Like her sisters, Lanita went to primary school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek. 

 

Lanita, her sisters and mother come from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement. Lanita lived with her mother and aunties on Stirling Station near Ti Tree.  She started painting later than her older sisters. Lanita was taught by her older sisters as well as her other sisters she was surrounded by her well renowned painter aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre, who are well-established artists in Alice Springs. 

 

Lanita primarily lives with her sisters in Darwin and travels home to visit her mother Barbara Price Mtjimbana or to bring her mother to Darwin to visit them all. The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming knowledge story is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the Petyarre, Mambitji and Numina family name hold custody of the story and are knowledge keepers of painting.

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