Myrta by Dennis NonaMyrta by Dennis Nona
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Myrta is a wild plant and looks a bit like Basil. It is used when the season changes to Kuki [North-West Monsoon time]. Myrta is picked and kept in dry places before the onset of Kuki, which brings a lot of ‘iwi’ [mosquitoes] and ‘dingarr’ [sandflies]. Myrta is slowly burnt and glows like a small coal, which provides a lot of smoke which drives away the insects. In this image the mossies are depicted as coming down from above, but then turning away because of the Myrta.

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Location Australia
Region Torres Strait
Artist Dennis Nona
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2005
Dimensions 42 1/2" x 24 1/2" $700.00
Materials & Edition edition 45 etching

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