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Chapter 5: The Economy: Food and Intangibles

Connamullas Head Pigweed Wild Banana Wilga Medicine Tree Sweet Saltbush Berries
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
Passion fruit Millett Grass Millet Seed Paddy Melon
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.

Fish Traps Wild Orange Tree Pitjuri
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.
Pink Ochre Rock for Sharpening tools Narran River Trading Site
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.