Anaty (Desert Yams)

Shikera Petrick Mills

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30 x 30 cm


acrylic on canvas


Shikera paints the Anaty story from her father’s country. This yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to 1 metre high. The anaty is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. Some can be found as big as a person’s head.

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