Bush Sweet Potato Green
Australian Aboriginals were hunters and gatherers. Usually women collect bush food while men hunt for wild animals like kangaroo. They will never take more than they need; They have unwritten traditional laws not to spoil the environment, still maintained today.
Audrey Martin Napanangka inherited Sweet Potato dreaming from her parents. In Aboriginal language bush potato is called “merne anatye”. It’s a large plant, usually with large cracks in the ground around it. They will dig out these cracks and then pull out the root. When cooked the potatoes become sweet and soft.
In this design you see the bush potatoes; Between the plants women are sitting with coolamons and digging sticks. Bush potatoes grow surrounding a waterhole, represented by the circles.