Audio tour 13 - Bush food
- Location: Driving to Kata Tjuta | Duration: 58s
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Hunting and gathering have linked the traditional owners to their land since the time of Tjukurpa.
As you drive out to Kata Tjuta, you might be able to spot some bush food yourself.
Anangu call seeds, fruits and vegetables mai. Mai is gathered from grasses, shrubs and herbs.
Tjuratja are sweet foods gathered from flowers such as the honey grevillea. Honey ants, found deep underground, also make a sweet treat.
Maku are edible grubs, like the witchetty grub, which live in the roots of the witchetty bush.
Kuka or meat was also very important and smaller game such as goannas were collected by men and women alike, but the larger animals such as kangaroos and emus were hunted by men with their specialist tools.