Munjimunjingu Manma (sea food / bush tucker), by Nancy McDinny (Borroloola)
Artist - Nancy McDinny
Nancy is an established artist and a respected keeper of language and cultural knowledge. In her paintings she shares Dreaming stories, and the traditions she learnt from her parents and grandparents, including hunting, fishing, and collecting bush tucker. Nancy is an outspoken advocate for her people and country. She is a major voice in the Frack Free and anti-mining movements; her recent works often depict these themes.
Nancy currently lives with her husband Stewart at Sandridge Outstation near Borroloola.
Nancy created this design in September 2017 during a screenprinting workshop in Katherine run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts. This is her first foray into large scale textile design.
“I grew up with my grandfather old Malbur - he taught us how to hunt. The old ladies used to tell us “you have to start hunting, you wont get feed from anyone else.” When we got sick of eating food from the mainland, then we change the food – we all go down to the sea, and eat all them fish, crayfish, crab, sea turtle, dugong, warrarrnkarr (fish) – really good one. This is what my design is about - bush tucker (Munjimunjingu Manma). You’ll never starve in both ways – mainland and sea- you got food there. In this design there’s Warrarrnkarr (my grandmother’s dreaming), turtle (my grandfather’s dreaming), Wurtherri – that’s Jellyfish. There’s stingray (my mother’s dreaming) - my grandfather used to spear it along the beach when the tide’s low- really lovely eating. Tastes just like shark. All these fish and animals we cook with paperbark tree – we go out, you got no plate, there’s paperbark there, you put your plate down and have a good old feed.”