Collecting Bush Tucker (acrylic on canvas)

This Artwork is an original by a Central Australian Aboriginal Artist. Copyright for the artwork remains with the Artist.

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Artist: Edith Pitjarra Hanlon
Title: Collecting Bush Tucker (acrylic on canvas)
Code: EPH 3
Size: 73cm X 43cm
Price (AU): $450.00
Skin name (if applicable):
Language: Allywarra
Region: N/E Central Australia NT
Artist Biography:

Edith paints her family Dreaming, she says:  “this tree is my mother’s, her brother’s and sisters’ and their childrens’ totem.  I am so proud to be part of this beautiful, giving tree.  It makes me so happy and brings me joy to tell the world about our little corner of the world, and about this tree...that was and still is our shelter and food provider.” (for thousands of years).
This tree grows in the N/E area of Central Australia, and it is the only area where it grows, amongst the sandy desert dunes.
The yellow and brown dots are the seeds that have fallen.  They are gathered and ground between two stones, then mixed with water, made into patties and baked on hot coals, for food.
The green leaves stay shiny and green even through droughts.
The women carried colourful coolimans (black oval shapes), to collect the seeds.
In this dry desert region, indigenous people could use the water in some of the roots of this tree, to quench their thirst.

Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2024 09:56


We purchase all artworks directly from the Artists (who painted them), or from Community Art Centres.

The information about artists vary greatly, and mostly, this information is provided by the artists themselves directly.  Artists also vary greatly in the way they talk about themselves and their artworks.  There are often limits they have from their families and community, about how much, and what they can say about the iconic images, and symbols in their artworks.  The works and biographies of well known artists are more widely available, whilst new and emerging artists don't have a large work biography.  As individuals, artists can be reserved, shy, or, outgoing and prolific in their stories "yarns" and life histories. There are various levels and / or interest (or confidence) in English language usage and skills.  In the majority of Indigenous Central Australian communities, English is usually not the first spoken language.

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