Chapter 5: The Economy: Food and Intangibles
|Pigweed: a staple food. A.k.a. "Ganhanbili's hair". She was one of the women swallowed by the giant crocodile in the 'Creation of the Narran Lake' story.||Wild banana||Wilga tree yields several kinds of medicine||Saltberry bush with sweet berries|
|Wild passion fruit||Millet grass: now rare in the area; once a staple food grew||Millett grass seeds were tiny! They were ground to flour and baked.||Wild melons|
Nhunggal country was a fertile land before the Europeans arrived, with a very wide variety of vegetables and fruits.
|The fish traps in Barwon River at Brewarrina – a UNESCO-protected world heritage. The watch-out stone in the background.||Wild orange tree||Tex with pitjuri; the native tobacco and one of the most traded items.|
|Red ochre – an important source of paint colour.||Rock with marks from sharpening tools.||The water in the Narran River, teeming with fish, was the life line of the Nhunggabarra. Today it is muddy from silt flushed from the farms.||One of the trading sites. Note the small holes, where message sticks were placed.|