This painting depicts aboriginal women collecting a type of bush tucker called amern ngkweyang. Amern in Katie’s language means food and ngkweyang is the Kurrajong seed. There is an ancient Dreamtime story belonging to ngkweyang which lies in the heart of Alyawarr land in Katie’s country, Antarrengeny north east of Alice Springs.
Ngkweyang is an important and nutritious food source. Not a habitual practice now, the Aboriginal people would collect these seeds, burn them to remove small hairs, and grind them into a paste for making damper (bread).
The women are depicted by the U shaped motifs, accompanied by their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls). Amern ngkweyang can be seen inside the coolamons.
The dotted concentric circles in the centre of this painting depicts the place of collection.
Name: Katie Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre (also spelled Kamara)
Language group: Alyawarr
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
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