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Bush Medicine by Debra Frazer

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Artist:          Debra Frazer
Title:            Bush Medicine
Language:  Ngaanyatjarra
Medium:      Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size:            54x34 cm
Date:           March 2021

This painting depicts the leaves of a special bush medicine plant that is used for medicinal purposes. Women go to different places around Ngaanyatjarra lands to collect such leaves. Once selected, the leaves are boiled to extract the resin, then kangaroo fat is mixed through, creating a paste that can be stored in the bush for extended periods. The medicine is used to heal cuts, bites, burns, rashes, and acts as an insect repellent. The leaves are also dried and added to boiling water to use as an inhalant for chest conditions. Women perform a Bush Medicine Ceremony at different times of the year and in preparation for the ceremony, the women paint their bodies with the special markings used for that ceremony.


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