synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
23 x 30 cm
Provenance Tangentyere Artists, N.T Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited: Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story This painting represents the Dreaming and totem of the wild bush onion.
The wild bush onion (yalke) is a significant plant to certain people who own the Dreaming and totem to it. The onions must be collected in a certain way according to Eastern Arrernte (tribal) Law.
In winter time when the top of the plant has died off, the onions are ready to be gathered by the women. The ground is pounded with a rock made into an arc shape and then systematically dug by hand from one side to the other. The onions are cooked in hot sand near the camp fire.
The women also pay homage to the spirit of the bush onion in their ceremonies to ensure its perpetual germination. Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.