Women Collecting Kurrajong Seeds by Katie Kemarre

Artist: Katie Kemarre
Size: 30cm x 30cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Code: SPUA154

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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).

U shaped motifs represent the women, dots represent the ngkweyang and the circle shapes represent the flower of the Kurrajong tree.

Artist

Name: Katie Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre (also spelled Kamara)
Language group: Alyawarr
Country: Antarrengeny
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: 1943
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    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    • Size of painting: 30cm x 30cm
    • Size of canvas border: Approx 6cm
    • Background colour: Black

     

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