On Saturday 14th June, as part of the Guringai Festival, Tali Gallery will curate an exhibition of paintings and photographs in collaboration with Photographer, Yaja Hadrys, relating to Bush Food and Medicine in keeping with the Festival’s theme, ‘Heath and Well being for Everyone’.

The exhibition will be held at the North Sydney Community Centre on Miller Street, adjacent to the North Sydney Markets on Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Our traditional people ate very well and enjoyed good health when they lived off the land.  Their knowledge of seasonal, safe and nutritious eating is fascinating. Our scientific bodies are now studying their use of bush medicines and traditional healers are working alongside conventional medical practitioners in Alice Springs hospital.

This exhibition of photographs by Sydney based artists Yaja Hadrys, and other people who have lived in remote communities alongside Aboriginal people, depicts food and medicine sources that range across interesting, delicious, remarkable and perhaps at times, a little unpalatable.   A beautiful and aesthetically pleasing collection of paintings from remote Indigenous communities similarly show the range of food and medicines relied upon on the Australian continent for the survival by over 3,000 generations of Aboriginal people – including a Tiwi story relating to the poisonous yam ceremony, reminding people that this yam needs to be treated in a special way to remove its toxins before it can be eaten.

There will be curator and artist talks throughout the day and an opportunity to try the more delicious tastes that are featured in some of the works on display.

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