Indigenous Symbols, Icons and Imagery

One of the popular topics depicted in Aboriginal artworks include imagery of bush tucker, whether it is the iconic honey ants, witchetty grubs, bush banana, bush tomatoes, goanna, yam etc.

In their depiction, many artists stamp their own unique way of portraying the bush tucker, whether it is a close facsimile of the bush tucker or a modern take that may emphasise a particular pattern. Specific types of bush food can vary in the way it is depicted, quite often the way a particular bush tucker plant is painted in artwork can be similar, the style being passed down through the families of artists.

Bush beans, bush tomato, wild orange, passion fruit — Bush Tucker © Audrey Rubuntja

Source header image: Coolamons with seeds collected from the bush © Gallery Gondwana