Bush Medicine - Munangu Mirrithin

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By Chern’ee Sutton & Brooke Sutton                 
Age – 23 years            
Size – 151cm wide X 101cm high          
Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas

Bush Medicine - Munangu Mirrithin

We are contemporary Indigenous artists from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. This painting is called “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.

This painting was a collaboration artwork by Chern'ee & Brooke Sutton.

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