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Our Yarning Bush Tucker Stories Project - David Doyle
Great to hear Barkindji and Malyangaba artist, David Doyle on ABC Radio National this morning. West Darling Arts is proud to have Dave on our Board.
After seeing the lack of people being taught about country, he's joined the Our Yarning Bush Tucker Stories project to create a book for younger generations. Dave uses his knowledge of plants for contemporary cooking and to make bush medicine in Broken Hill.
Since David Doyle was a kid, he was taught about native plants by his grandparents and elders in Menindee, 100 kilometres from Broken Hill in NSW's far-west.
The 43-year-old Barkindji and Malyangaba man uses his knowledge of plants for contemporary cooking and to make bush medicine.
But after seeing the lack of people being taught about country, he's part of the Our Yarning Bush Tucker Stories project to create a book for younger generations.
"It's important because it shows that we've used these plants for millennia, and that we can continue to use them, and it doesn't necessarily have to be looked at as you can only use them traditionally," Mr Doyle says.
"I like to use them a lot more contemporarily so with our healing medicines I put them into soaps and creams and the bush foods are put into more modern types of foods, like our warrigal greens being made into pesto."
He is working with Library For All's Our Yarning project to help make knowledge of traditional bush food easily accessible.
"A plant identification book aimed at high school kids is nice and easy reading, then we had the idea of uploading it to the Library For All and having it across different age group ranges," Mr Doyle says.