Manme (Bush foods)

This bold, cheerful painting by Don celebrates manme (plant foods). Don has painted various roots and tubers that Kunwinjku people collect for manme. To the right of the painting is a djerrh (dilly bag) which is used to collect food and to prepare mankinjdjek (cheeky yam) so it is safe to eat. Cheeky yams must be finely cut and rinsed before cooking to leach out the poison, this can be done in a river using a loosely woven djerrh. Kunwinjku people sometimes call the bush their “supermarket” because it contains everything from staple foods to snacks, medicines to raw materials.