July 6 - 15 celebrating NAIDOC week.
Bill Harney Julamarran (Bush Tucker) Dreaming 2003
Acrylic on linen 1900 x 1200mm SOLD
Julamarran (Joo-lah-mah-rrahn): "White Currant"
Julamarran all over the Wardaman Country, grows all the year round. Julamarran was put there by the grasshopper.
The fruit are eaten when ripe, white. Fruit are available in Yijilg and Wulujujun seasons. Young, straight stems are used to make firesticks, Jinggiyn. They are rubbed between the palms to create friction on a base plate of wood thus generating heat. Fine wood dust and leaf material placed at the base of the stick eventually ignites and creates fire.
Bill painted this as his entry for the 2003 Telstra Art awards, Darwin, but sadly missed the entry deadline.