By Chern’ee Sutton
Age – 23 years
Size – 60cm wide X 60cm high
Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
Bush Medicine - Munangu Mirrithin
My name is Chern’ee Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area in Queensland. This is my interpretation of “Munangu Mirrithin” which means in the Kalkadoon language “Bush Medicine”.
Kalkadoon people had an extensive knowledge of gathering bush foods and medicines and would use them to heal many ailments and would teach and nurture the next generation passing on this vital information.
They would collect plums and bark from the wild plum bush using the plums as food and the bark to treat skin ailments, they would collect wild lemongrass and boil it to make a lemon tea for sore throats and they would collect an assortment of leaves and flowers, nuts, berries and seeds and prepare them for medicines.
In my painting the women firstly collect the leaves for medicines then prepare them around the campfires, the different coloured leaves represent the varying seasons and stages of the leaves. When the women get up off the ground the U shape left in the sand is where they were sitting with the lines representing their digging sticks.