Marie paints women collecting angkwerrpme. Angkwerrpme is the name for Mistletoe in Marie's language. There are many different types of angkwerrpme in Central Australia, where all but one or two produce edible berries. Marie paints one that has sweet edible berries that the women collect for the community. Marie also illustrates the women, represented by the 'U' motifs, collecting the angkwerrpme. They carry with them their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Concentric circles represent the sites where the angkwerrpme is being collected. The footprints that the women leave in the sand are a trademark depiction often featured in Marie's paintings. Marie likes to use traditional ochre colours in the background design to reflect the rich sand hill country of Central Australia.
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