Akatyerre (Desert Raisin) SP7791-Margaret Davis Nungale

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm
Year Painted


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Akatyerre (Desert Raisin) SP7791-Margaret Davis Nungale

This painting is about women collecting Akatyerre or otherwise known as desert raisins. They are yellow when ripe and Margaret says the raisins dry quickly to a chocolate-brown colour.

The plant that is depicted in the centre of this painting is the clonal under-shrub of the raisins which can grow on Spinifex sand plains throughout Central Australia, often found across from mulga areas. It produces beautiful purple flowers and soft green leaves. The raisins grow in good moisture conditions and are heavily dependant on fire to obtain maximum potential. This fruit is probably the most important of all Central Australian plant foods due to its abundance and widespread availability most of the year. Once collected, the Aboriginal people eat the raisins raw or grind them into a paste before being consumed. The paste can also be rolled into balls and dried to store during long periods of drought. This practice is similar to the wild fig and is not as habitual now.

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