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Balgo country and cultureBalgo Country and Culture

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The people of Balgo have a strong connection to their country and their culture. For a visitor, this is particularly evident through ceremonies, dances and painting, and through the continuing practice of hunting and collecting bush foods (tucker). The photographs below show some of the activities that people of Balgo carry out in their daily lives.

Photographs are from various sources and are copyright Warlayirti Artists.

Lake Mackay
Tjumpo walking on the shores of Lake Mackay (Wilkinkarra), far south of Balgo

 

Spinifex country
Eubena walking in spinifex country while traveling down the Canning Stock Route south of Balgo

 

Digging for frogs
Tjemma (Freda) digging for bushtucker (frogs) in sandy soil

 

Frog - bush tucker
"Frog frog" - a popular bush food dug out of the sandy soil by women


Goannas
A fine catch of goannas

 

Shaping a wooden shield
Balgo man shaping a shield

 

Digging for wirtchetty grubs
Digging for witchetty grubs that live in the roots and stems of acacia trees

 

Witchetty grubs
Large, fat witchetty grubs - a popular bush food eaten roasted

 

Painted for dancing
Painted for dancing in a public ceremony

 

Body painting
Body painting using ochre and fine white clay ground and mixed with water

 

Sand painting
Patterns and designs marked in red sand - these design elements are often used in paintings in acrylic

 

Sand painting with feathers
Detail of a large sand painting made with sand, clay and fine white feathers

 

 

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