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).
In this painting, U shaped motifs represent the women, dots represent the ngkweyang and arc shaped lines in the corners represent ceremonial body paint designs related to the Kurrajong Dreaming.
Name: Katie Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre (also spelled Kamara)
Language group: Alyawarr
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
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