Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming MB039622-Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

Acrylic on Linen
120 x 90cm
Year Painted


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Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming MB039622-Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

Lindsay paints the story of the Ahakeye. This is a very important story for Lindsay that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Lindsay from his father. The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Lindsay, is also known as the native currant or citrus. It belongs to the canthium attenuatum shrub which grows about 3m high. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the ahakeye which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry.

Concentric circles represent the site of the Bush Plum tree, lines stemming from the concentric circles represent song lines or travelling lines of the Ilkawerne people associated with this story, white dots represent the flower of the bush plum, coloured circles represent the bush plum fruit. U shapes equal men collecting the fruit and telling the Ilkawerne stories. Curved lines represent the impression that the grub makes when it falls out of the Bush Plum tree. Other symbols represent sacred men's symbols related to this Dreaming.
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