MB029548

Anwekety (Conkerberry) MB029548-Rosie Pwerle


Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
60 x 45cm
Year Painted
2006

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MB029548

Anwekety (Conkerberry) MB029548-Rosie Pwerle

The conkerberry (or conkleberry) known as Anwekety or bush plum to Rosie, is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Rosie's people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.

Rosie paints the conkerberry (dot work) and her designs are also influenced by the flower and leaf of its plant, and tracks to and from the plant. In Anmatyerre the conkerberry is called Anwekety. In the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions, carrying the Anwekety seed over Rosie's ancestors' land. The first Anwekety of the Dreamings then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Many winds blew the seeds all over the Dreaming lands.
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