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Harvesting yams in Yolηu country photo essay
20 Oct 2017
By Lily Withycombe and Andy Greenslade
The upcoming Midawarr | Harvest exhibition at the National Museum explores the plants of Yolŋu country in north-east Arnhem Land based on works by artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley.
Mulkun and her family introduced us to one of these plants – the ganguri or long yam – during a visit on country. This photo essay draws on Yolŋu cultural knowledge and western botanical information.
We are grateful to Mulkun Wirrpanda, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs and Nyalung Munungurr for sharing their knowledge, skills, and food with us. The quotes in the images below are from Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs.
Mulkun and John have met at midawarr and other times in the past five years to research and document the many useful and delicious plants which, for centuries, have sustained communities in this unique part of the continent.
Their collaboration resulted in the body of artworks going on show in Midawarr | Harvest, at the National Museum in Canberra from 24 November 2017.