Manme (Bush foods) TBC
Kunwinjku people sometimes call the bush their “supermarket”. It contains everything from staple foods to snacks, medicines to raw materials. This painting by Willie celebrates manme, plant foods. To the left of the painting are three tubers which are carbohydrate staples. Karrbarda (long yams, Dioscorea transversa) on either side and mankinjdjek (“cheeky yam”, Dioscorea bulbifera) in the middle. Cheeky yams must be finely cut and rinsed before cooking. This can be done in a river using a loosely woven djerrh or dilly bag, as shown in this design. Arnhem Land abounds in fruits, especially in the “build-up” and early wet seasons. The round fruits on the bottom right are mankurndalh (Vitex glabrata or “black plum”) and mandak (Persoonia falcata or “milky plum”) are on the top right. At the bottom left are manbadbirri (Uvaria rupestre or “bush orange”). Willie has used single line rarrk, which is the traditional Kunwinjku painting technique and is applied using a manyilk (brush made from whittled sedge grass).