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Maggie Bird Mpetyane "Bush Medicine"

Maggie Bird Mpetyane
"Bush Medicine"

  • Size (W x H)
  • Medium
  • Catalogue
  • Price $AUD
  • Sale Price
  • 95 x 30 cm
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 22149
  • $690
  • $490

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  • Language
  • Born
  • Area
  • Date
  • Anmatyerre
  • -
  • Utopia, NT
  • 2020

Alpar is the Anmatyerre word for the Rat-Tail Goosefoot plant (Dysphania kalpari). It is also known as the Green Crumbweed plant. This is a small herb that is sticky to touch and is citrus scented. It produces small clustered flowers that form long spikes, resembling that of a rat tail, as well as small black shiny seeds. These seeds are high in protein and low in fibre. Due to the sticky nature of this plant, the seeds are not shed as soon as they mature, making them available much later in the season than most other plants.

In traditional times, the women of Utopia would collect these seeds, sometimes soak them in water until swollen or cooked in hot coals, and then grind them into a powder that was used for making damper (bread). The scented leaves of Alpar were also collected, soaked in water and used as a medicinal wash (these paintings are called “Bush Medicine”).

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Artist Maggie Bird Mpetyane
TitleBush Medicine
Language GroupAnmatyerre
AreaUtopia, NT
Catalogue 22149
Date2020
MediumAcrylic on Canvas
Size (W x H) 95 x 30 cm
Price $AUD $690   Sale Price $490

Unstretched - Rolled in a tube

Stretched - Ready to hang* (+$130)

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Description

Alpar is the Anmatyerre word for the Rat-Tail Goosefoot plant (Dysphania kalpari). It is also known as the Green Crumbweed plant. This is a small herb that is sticky to touch and is citrus scented. It produces small clustered flowers that form long spikes, resembling that of a rat tail, as well as small black shiny seeds. These seeds are high in protein and low in fibre. Due to the sticky nature of this plant, the seeds are not shed as soon as they mature, making them available much later in the season than most other plants.

In traditional times, the women of Utopia would collect these seeds, sometimes soak them in water until swollen or cooked in hot coals, and then grind them into a powder that was used for making damper (bread). The scented leaves of Alpar were also collected, soaked in water and used as a medicinal wash (these paintings are called “Bush Medicine”).

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