Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming MB053584-Kevin Bird Mpetyane

Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 45cm
Year Painted


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Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming MB053584-Kevin Bird Mpetyane

Kevin paints the story of the Tyankern. This is a very important story for Kevin that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Kevin from his father. The Tyankern is a sweet edible berry that belongs to a type of mistletoe (Lysiana spp.) found growing on the mulga tree. In the Dreamtime these two plants are one.

Concentric circles are symbols representing this sacred men's story. Parallel, wavy or singular lines stemming from the concentric circles represent song lines or travelling lines of the Ilkawerne people associated with this story. Coloured circles equal clearings the men make for easier collection of the Tyankern. U shapes equal men collecting the Tyankern and telling the Ilkawerne stories. Dot work in the background symbolizes the different colours that the Tyankern go through during maturity. Other symbols represent sacred men's symbols related to this Dreaming. Wavy lines represent Utnea slowly making his way through the country.
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