Rosemary Ngwarraye Turner - Bush Medicine Plants
Acrylic on Linen
30 x 30 cm
"Bush medicine plants are used for healing on the body and for drinking. We make this by smashing the plants with a rock, we use the juice and the fibre of the plant.
We collect bush medicine plants when we are out hunting. Different kinds of plants grow during different seasons.
There are lots of different medicines, we know what their stories are, we learnt them from our parents and we teach these stories to our children."
Bush medicine knowledge is still strong in Ampilatwatja, where it continues to be widely used and is passed down to the younger generations.
When the women go hunting they gather bush medicine. The plants depicted here are found in the country around Ampilatwatja, they are used for soothing skin infections and to make a drink to help with colds and coughs.
Painting bush medicine stories is important because it helps to maintain a strong knowledge and culture for the community.