It is told that in the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions carrying the seed of this sweet black berry over the land. The first conkerberry then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Winds blew these seeds all over the Dreaming lands.
The conkerberry is a sweet black berry favoured by desert Aboriginals. The berries can be eaten straight off the tree, or collected as dry fallen berries and reconstituted in water.
The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high and bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.
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Deep into Central Australia’s remote Utopia region, there is a small community nestled in the bush where Dinny and Josie Kunoth live.
Several bright coloured buildings are home to the residents of this community which include a portion of Dinny and Josie's nine children and their families.
Gloria was a special 2020 exhibition showcasing the beautiful and quintessential Leaves paintings by Gloria Petyarre.
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