The community of Ampilatwatja made a conscious decision not to paint ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories. The artists paint their country where those stories sit.
This painting depicts the bush food known as “Leeow”, the seeds are gathered and ground to make a damper which is then cooked in the fire.
The bush tucker that is painted is found in Alyawarr country, the land of the people of Ampilatwatja, during the Summer months. Bush tomatoes “kedgadrr” and bush bananas “il quarldrr” are especially bountiful at this time of year.
Communicating bush foods through painting is an important way of teaching younger generations and maintaining a strong culture.