This painting depicts aboriginal women collecting a type of bush medicine called apeng, the Kurrajong tree. Leaves are ground and mixed with animal fat to create a topical ointment, or with water as a drinking solution. There is an ancient Dreamtime story belonging to apeng which lies in the heart of Alyawarr land in Katie’s country, Antarrengeny north east of Alice Springs.
Flower like designs represent the Kurrajong flower while background dots represent the seeds, called amern ngkweyang.
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).
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