Alpar Seed Story by Maggie Bird

Artist: Maggie Bird Mpetyane
Size: 90cm x 60cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Code: 53127

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Designs in this painting represent elements of the Alpar Dreaming Story where the dry seeds of alpar play a significant role. In the olden days, the Aboriginal women of Ilkawerne country would collect these seeds, sometimes soak them in water until swollen or cooked in hot coals, and then grind them into a powder that was used for making damper (bread). This practice is not as habitual now due to readymade bread, however the story is continually taught to the younger ones and ceremonies are carried out to ensure its productivity.

The scented leaves of alpar were also collected, soaked in water and used as a medicinal wash. Alternatively they would be ground into a powder and mixed with animal fats for use as an ointment, making this plant a very important food and medicinal source.

U shapes represent women collecting the seeds, accompanied by their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls).

Artist

Name: Maggie Bird
Skin name: Mpetyane
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilkawerne
Lives: Utopia, Central Australia

  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Background colour: Black
  • Size of painting: 90cm x 60cm
  • Canvas border: Black, approx 6cm
  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and artist profile.

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