Tawal by Tjunka Lewis

Details of Tawal

Tawal by Tjunka Lewis
Catalog Number : 835538
Size : 38.1cm x 76.2cm
Medium : Acrylic On Canvas
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About Tawal
This painting is from Tjunka's country. Tommy Mitchell says this painting is about Tjunka's country and a special place called Tawal, not far from Wakalpuka. All the emu boys were sitting down together. The emu boys started running when they heard a whistle. They started running towards Mt Aloysius, that's a nyii nyii place (finches). One of the boys broke his leg. He must be still there?.

Nicotina rosulata (native tabacco)/ Tawal-tawal(pa): used as a narcotic, mixed with ashes and chewed. Very important thirst suppressant which helped people travel great distances without water. usually grows after summer rains.

Acacia tetrgonophylla (Dead finish)/ Wakalpuka : A type of wattle. Seeds grinded for cakes and roots are used to make a cough medicine. These bushes have needle like leaves with bright yellow globular flower heads.

Reference: Anne Urban, Wildflowers and plants of inland Australia.