Limited Edition Reproduction of 100 Original Size Reproductions - 130 x 80cm
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'It’s aboriginal way. We sit down together and paint. It’s how we keep our culture strong. We sit with our aunties and we learn our storylines. We learn about bush medicine, the plants, how to make it and how to use it. It keeps our family strong, it keeps us strong and our culture strong.’ — Louise Numina Napananka, Darwin, August 2017.
The Bush Medicine Leaves is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the Petyarre, Mambitji and Numina family hold custody of the story and knowledge keepers of painting series-themes such as Bush Medicine Leaves. The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women collect leaves from these plants , which are boiled to extract resin. Kangaroo fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste that can be stored for a long time in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites and rashes. It is also used to treat the flu, headache, backache, upset stomach, chest pains or as an insect repellent. As the leaves and petals dry out they fall off and are blown around by the wind. This is represented in the painting and gives it the movement.
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