Designs in this painting depict elements of the Ahakeye Story. This story is very important to Tanya and the people of Ilkawerne country. The ahakeye are often referred to as bush plums but they are little currants. They grow on the canthium attenuatum shrub which grows about 3m high. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the currents which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry.
In this painting, the small black dots represent the ahakeye which have dried and fallen to the ground. The U shaped symbol represents a woman accompanied by her digging stick and coolamon, collecting the ahakeye. A coolamon is a carved wooden bowl used for collecting bush foods and water. Curved lines are the roads that the people of Ilkawerne might need to follow in order to find the ahakeye. Circles represent waterholes nearby.
Colours: white and black on grey background.
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