Collection: Sacha Long ( Petyarre )

Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Petyarr, Pitjara) 
Language group: Alyawarr
Country: Atnangkere
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: 1990

Sacha Pula Long, born 1990 is a Utopian artist and young mother.  Sacha is the daughter of artist Marcia Turner and younger sister to Rosabella.

Sacha began painting at an early age under the guidance of her mother, Marcia Turner, and other female family members. She lives at Utopia with her children and extended family. 

Sacha and Rosabella both paint the Dreamtime story of the Arnkerrthe which has been passed down from their father's country, Atnangkere.

She paints in the Northern Territory with a community of Utopian artists. In Sacha’s paintings she illustrates the Dreamtime story of the Arnkerrthe which has been passed down from their father’s country, Atnangkere ‘Moutain Lizard’.

More recently, Sacha has been painting ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ which depicts the Kurrajong trees leaves. These leaves are used in the Utopia region to treat a variety of ailments such as arthritis and infections. The women collect the leaves, dry and mix them with Kangaroo fat, in order to extract the plant's medicinal qualities. The significance of the Kurrajong tree and the part it plays in healing is celebrated in the Women's Awelye ceremonies. Sacha has been inspired by the successful artists within her community. Her mother Marcia has been a source of motivation, along with her extended family.
The main Dreaming story that belongs to Sacha’s country, Atnangkere, is Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard). Arnkerrthe travelled over Sacha’s land creating all of the people, sacred sites, songs and other Dreamtime stories. In its neck it holds a sac of ochre that Sacha's people use for ceremonies. This story is passed down to her on her father’s side.

Sacha is a keen and motivated painter, inspired by her mother's work in particular which represent wild flowers that bloom across the desert floor.