26. Bush Ngata (Bush Tucker)
"All these flowers we find on Country. They are for bush tucker. SomeƟmes these flowers come up in the wet season or dry season to show what time the bush tucker ready to harvest. The yellow colour flower is letting you know that the fish that live in the sea and the billabong are gonna be fat. Different flowers can show different bush tucker, like barradja (fish), gambuma (sting ray), bakkara (long neck turtle) or even yam. These words are in Rittarngu."
- Acrylic on metal
- Dimensions: 49 x 37cm
- Cat No. 316-23
“I was born in Katherine hospital. I’m from Ngukurr but I live in Numbulwar now. I come here from Ngukurr when I was 10 years old. My grandmother taught me how to make a weaving basket with pandanus. When I was 10 years old, I grow up at Walker River outstation with my grandmother and aunties. I was always sittng beside my grandmother. She taught me well to make baskets with pandanus. And she said you will make a basket with pandanus for your future when you grow up. Every time when I sleep I see my grandmother’s spirit. She here with me and speaking in my dreams. And that’s my story.”
Rose Wilfred (b.1970) is an artist, arts worker and weaving facilitator from Wuyagiba country. Although originally from Ngukkur, Rose has lived in Numbulwar for most of her life and was adopted by the Wilfred family. Rose’s artistic practice is heavily influenced by her grandmother, who she watched weaving from early childhood and who taught her the many skills and knowledges of weaving, bush tucker and bush medicine. Rose marries traditional practices and materiality with the innovative use of ghost nets in her art. In 2021, Rose graduated from the Arts Worker Extension Program (AWEP) delivered by Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA). Today, Rose plays an integral role in the everyday running of the art centre and teaches weaving at Numbulwar School to ensure traditional knowledges and practices are carried on.
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