Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming SP8490-Katie Kemarre

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm
Year Painted


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Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming SP8490-Katie Kemarre

Katie paints the story of Apeng, the desert kurrajong tree (brachychiton gregorii). There is an ancient Dreamtime story belonging to this tree which lies in the heart of Alyawarr land in Katie's country, Antarrengeny, north east of Alice Springs. This tree produces a most important and nutritious seed called amern ngkweyang. Amern in Katie's language means food and Ngkweyang is the apeng seed. Ngkweyang is an important and nutritious food source. Not a habitual practice now, the Aboriginal people would collect these seeds, burn them to remove small hairs, and grind them into a paste for making damper (bread).

Background fine designs represent the kurrajong flowers.

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