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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Arnumarra is the name of Colleen's country which lies north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia.
Colleen paints Dreamtime Sisters; ancestral spirits who roam the country performing sacred song and dance. They look after Arnumarra country and guide its people.
It's the final weekend of this special exhibition.
My Country is a collaboration with Utopia artists Delvine Petyarre and Dulcie Pwerle, featuring 9 works titled My Country.
Ends Sunday 6 April 2020.