Mukaki I – Bush Plum Dreaming


Edition of 50
Image size 49 x 29.5cm
Paper size 72 x 53cm

This etching depicts a ‘Muliera’ men’s ceremony at Kurrinyarra or Central Mt. Wedge. Muliera is a teaching ceremony which forms part of the initiation of young males. In this case the initiates are taught the significance and importance of the Mukaki (Bush Plum) and its role in the desert people’s delicately balanced diet. The dots depict the fruit of the bush plum found along the course of river beds. The dotting effect also represents ‘Wamulu’, ochres and a pulp created from a small herbaceous plant that is coloured with various ochres and plastered over the bodies of the participants.