Makuta Jamieson is a Wangkathaa woman born in Kalgoorlie in 1961. She is well known for her bush tucker and seven sisters dreaming stories.
This painting depicts the native Quandong, which is traditionally eaten by the Indigenous and Makuta’s tribe specifically for their medicinal purposes.
Quandong is a common name for a small desert tree up to 4 metres high, with rough dark bark and pale green elongated hanging leaves. The cream flowers are small and cup-shaped, in clusters at the ends of the outer branchlets. Flowers form in late summer which becomes fruit ready for harvest in early spring. The shiny, bright scarlet fruit is about 2cm in diameter and contains one large nut or kernel, which is sometimes only marginally smaller than the fruit. Quandongs have been an important traditional aboriginal fruit, which is, although somewhat tart, highly nutritious and contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. The kernel is also very nutritious but indigenous Australians tended to use this mainly for medicinal purposes. The wood from the slow-growing trees was prized for the making of traditional bowls – pitti or coolamons. The Quandong fruit features heavily in aboriginal mythology across all the desert regions of Australia.