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Gurrngul Art - Bush Medicine Greeting Card

Gurrngul Art - Bush Medicine Greeting Card

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‘Bush Medicine’ was guided by all the women before me who would go out, understand and knew what each plant gave. The woman who had to collect the plants for a belly ache medicine, or the strong fibres to weave a birthing mat and the dyes to create vibrant colours in their weavings. Knowing which plants to touch and which plants not too. Having such a strong, deeply embedded relationship with the land around them that they trusted each other.

The land is referred to as our Mother because I believe she takes care of us and nurtures us.This art piece was inspired by just that - our Mothers. It was created not long after being on Binhdhi Warra Country with my two nannies & muma.

This piece was created on Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Country in Cairns, QLD.

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Card is blank inside for your personal message.

Printed in Australia. Comes with an envelope.

Size: 139mm x 107mm

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Artist Biography

My name is Ayesha Woibo and I’m a Binhdhi Warra woman of the Guugu Yimidhirr people. I'm also a descendant of the Dhubbi Warra, Dharrba Warra & Guugu Buyun clans with connections to Hope Vale, Cooktown and the surrounding areas. The story behind the name Gurrngul is a short story as my Great-grandfather had told my mum that I was to be called that name once I was born. I was named after one of my Ancestors, she was a sister to one of our Kings.

I learnt at a young age that nothing empowered me more and brought me strength than learning my culture - I yearned for it and still do. I’ve spent so much time in the presence of my Grandfathers & Nannies, on my Old Peoples Country, seeking knowledge, always asking questions. I loved learning about the history, the connection to land & the sacredness of being an Aboriginal woman. I knew through these conversations they were weaving me in into the woman I am today.

An Elder once told me that songs, names and stories are passed down through a spiral to keep our culture strong. I am one of many Gurrnguls that have lived, and I won’t be the last.

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