Artist: Colleen Charlie
Manikuja – Conkerberry (Garrwa) – 2020
Paintings – Acrylic on Canvas – 40 x 40 cm (pre-stretched)
The old people passed down to us all the knowledge of how to feed ourselves from the bush. It is important that we still know how to find all this bush tucker that keeps our whole families healthy and keeps our culture strong. We still keep on gathering these foods and teach our children about where to find them, and how to use them, so the knowledge will go on and on.
This one is called Manikuja for Garrwa people. White people call it Conkerberry. Manikuja grows on flat dry country in the Gulf and we always pick the fruit at the end of the wet season when the cold weather is just starting. The fruit is black and very sweet, like currants.