Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson
3 AM 5641/08
Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson Wangunu: Bush Damper Dreaming 2008
Acrylic on Belgian linen 910 x 1210mm SOLD
Fabrianne explains that her painting is about the Wangunu seeds that the women collect for bush tucker. The women in old
times would collect the Wangunu (woollybutt) in big bunches and carry them back to camp where they would burn the
grasslike material on the ashes of a slow fire. This would dry out the remaining seeds that would then be ground to a flour.
This flour is mixed with water and a little salt and baked in the ground to make damper (bush bread). The imagery reflects
the feeling of the seeds in a coolamon or dilly bag flowing around your hand.