Artist: May Nampijinpa Wilson
Catalogue No.: 09135
Size/medium: 90x62cm acrylic on canvas Painting
Title: Ngulu -Edible Seed Story
Ngulu Dreaming – ( Edible Seeds) Edible seeds are important to the aboriginal people as they formed a large part of their diet. Many of the grasses bear edible seeds. The seeds are collected and traditionally ground using a large and small stone to make a flour and this flour is mixed with water to make damper. Some grass seeds are collected by ants first and then the women will go to the ant’s nest and pick up the seed and clean it. They then put it in a Coolamon and separate the seeds from the sand, twigs and grass. “The Warlkirippi tree seeds are collected between winter and summer. In summer the beans dry out in the bush and get collected. The women go out into the country with a blanket and place it under the tree. They hit the leaves with a stick until the dry beans fall off. They are then threshed and the rubbish thrown away. The beans can be stored for months. The dried beans are placed into a Coolamon and mixed with water until it is milky and then this mixture is used to drink like a soya bean milk. The women liked to drink it when they were nursing their baby. The seeds were also ground to make flour for damper and cake. It is a nice sweet taste and we still eat it today. The children love to walk into the bush and drag back little branches of bush bean that they cook over a small fire. We grind seeds with a stone called tyenge on a flat stone called alyere. There are different sorts of edible seeds collected from the trees. These seeds are collected from the mulga and the kalkarti (soap tree) . Tld by Maureen Nampinjinpa O’Keefe.