Spearing with the coming in tide.
By Tessa Birch
We use the Wongai tree (Acacia Tumida) young trunk to make spears. The men and boys go out and collect the young tree trunks. The tree trunks are then straightened using the heat of the fire. The flowers of the Wongai tree tells us what animal is in season to eat. This knowledge and practice has been passed down and taught from generation to generation starting from an early age (toddlers).
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My name is Tessa Birch. I am a Nyul Nyul/ Nimanburr woman from Beagle Bay Community on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley. I was born in Broome. My family connections span right across the Kimberley, from the fresh water to the salt water. My artworks draw inspiration from this country of red pindan, freshwater springs, mangrove creeks and the blue ocean. My art tells stories and knowledge that have been passed down to me. It is a personal expression of growing up in my country. The works are contemporary and incorporate Aboriginal art styles.