Bush Medicine

Selma Nunay Coulthard (b.1954)
"I will explain about the bush medicines I have
painted from left to right. Para (Gumtree) - every Christmas time you see
sticky things on the ground falling from the bark of the Para. They are used as sweets for colds and sore throat. We eat it like you would eat honey. Paraltja (lerp from river red gum) – These are
sweets that grow on the leaves of the Para
(Gumtree) in winter. You would eat them to relieve
stomach pain. Wagady: a small plant on the ground, yipirinya
(caterpillar) feed on that. Small seeds were
gathered and that was made into damper. The
damper was good for the stomach. It made the
bowel movement regular. This plant is not seen
anymore. Ititja (Mulga tree) - sugary stuff that’s on it that
come in spring is good against a cough. It's like
honey. Seeds are collected, processed and eaten."

Selma Nunay Coulthard

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26.0 x 36.0 cm
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Purchased 2018
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