Artist: Nancy Napangardi Martin
Title: Bush Onions
Size: 60 x 60 cm Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.
This artwork refers to (Bush onion). The white dots recreating a pattern indicate the location of the bush onions and the stories associated with this Dreaming.
Bush onions are a traditional bush tucker for Aboriginal people in central Australia. They must be dug up on creek banks when the grass of the onion has dried out. The husk can also be eaten. They are eaten raw or cooked in the hot earth by the fire.
The bush onion is of significance to certain Warlpiri Aboriginal people who own this Dreaming and totem and can only be collected according to law. This means they have been given stories of the origins of the bush onion, and are entitled to tell these stories and paint about them.