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approximate size: 980mm x 790mm
favourite bush foods of anangu pitjantjatjara include maku (witchetty grub). until recently, bush foods were the primary sustenance for anangu pitjantjatjara. many bush foods are still gathered regularly almost exclusively by women, thus they feature strongly in women's mark making. women learn the art of gathering each of the foods from a young age and much inma (ceremony) relates to these practices and the maintenance of supply. anangu say that eating maku is good for the brain and mental health. maku live in the ilkuwara tree, and this design is a depiction of the leaves.
this original artwork has been hand painted by aboriginal artists at the ernabella arts centre. ernabella arts centre is a place where elders, young women and men practice their art, in order to sustain, support and promote cultural heritage and improve the lifestyle of their communities members.
at planet we donate the full retail margin (after the cost of framing, gst and artist's commission) to a charity nominated by ernabella arts centre; the western dialysis centre.