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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Bush Yam

The Aboriginal art symbol for a bush yam shows a round cross-section of the tuber (the edible part) and its root system.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Bush Yam

The Aboriginal art symbol for a bush yam shows a round cross-section of the tuber (the edible part) and its root system.

  • The yam is a principal source of food in the bush. The leaves, which taste like spinach, are used as an anti-inflammatory medication. They are rich in vitamin B, minerals, protein and antioxidants.

  • The yam is a plant that regenerates year after year and as such has become a symbol of well-being and abundance in Aboriginal ceremonies.

Some of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. The symbols and images used to create them are taken from the sheets above which are freely available as pdf. files for you to download to help with drawing your own artworks.