Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming #574

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In this painting, Lindsay depicts the ritual of collecting bush-plum, Terminalia ferdinandiana. This is a small deciduous tree found in northwestern Australia. During the wet season extending from January through March, the plant produces small plum-like fruits that look and taste much like gooseberries.

These tart, green, heart-shaped fruit that grow throughout the Northern Territory and Western Australia, have for many years been a seasonal staple of the local Aboriginal diet. Also known as the Kakadu or billy goat plum, it has a very high content of vitamin C, in fact holds the World Record. It’s full of antioxidants, folic acid and iron. Apart from eating it, the aboriginal people pound the fruit and use it as an antiseptic and a soothing balm for aching limbs.

Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

b. 1945

Lindsay is an important tribal leader in the Utopia District and is the headman at Mulga Bore Outstation. Married to Mavis Petyarre, they have three daughters, Rosie, Jessie and Karen Bird. Lindsay was the only male to participate in the silk batik project at Utopia in the 1980's. He started painting in 1987 with other men and women of his camp. Lindsay's paintings are both iconic and l . . .
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