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Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson Wangunu: Bush Damper 2008
Acrylic on linen
1210 x 1830mm

Fabrianne explains that her painting is about the Wangunu seeds that the women collect for bush tucker. The women in old times would collect the Wangunu (woollybutt) in big bunches and carry them back to camp where they would burn the grasslike material on the ashes of a slow fire. This would dry out the remaining seeds that would then be ground to a flour. This flour is mixed with water and a little salt and baked in the ground to make damper (bush bread). The imagery reflects the feeling of the seeds in a coolamon or dilly bag flowing around your hand.

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