Tyankern – Mulga Seed
Artist: Rosemary Bird Mpetyane
Title: Tyankern _ Mulga Seed
Size: 30 x 30cm
Med: Acrylic on Canvas
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Illustrated in Rosemary’s painting are four women collecting the sweet tiny berries of the mistletoe. The mistletoe berries in all their stages of maturity are also shown through the central part of painting.
Women are represented by the U motifs; they collect the berries into their coolomon (carved wooden bowl) then take them back to their communities where they are shared by all. They can also be soaked in water to make a sweet drink for children.
Mistletoe berries in Rosemary’s language are called Tyankern – Mulga Seed, as they can always be found growing in Mulga trees. The stories surrounding Tyankere belong to her grandfather’s country – Ilkawerne which lies 200km north of Alice Springs in Central Australia. It is a man’s story but the women are allowed to paint women collecting the sweet fruit.