MB050327

Ngkwerlp (Wild Tobacco) Story MB050327-Alicia Purvis Mpetyane


Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
90 x 90cm
Year Painted
2015

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MB050327

Ngkwerlp (Wild Tobacco) Story MB050327-Alicia Purvis Mpetyane

Alicia paints the story of the wild tobacco or pituri (Nicotiana spp.). In Alicia's language it is called Ngkwerlp. This herb has soft leaves and creamy white, trumpet shaped flowers with two-valved seed capsules. Occurring naturally in Central Australia, it is found plentiful in Alicia's home in the Utopia Region, north east of Alice Springs. The leaf of the plant is picked and chewed by the aboriginal people and can also be used for medicinal purposes. In the olden days, and in some areas today, the seeds would be collected and replanted by the aboriginal people.
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