This shrub plays an important role in our Smoking Ceremonies. The most important part of this shrub is the dry roots. It was a method that was used by my ancestors for thousands of years to communicate with passed loved ones.
When someone passes the smoke is like a connection to the loved one that has passed. Our elders are the ones that speak in our native tongue letting them know it’s time to move on to the other world.
In my mothers parents language, Walmajarri, where I come from Fitzroy Crossing, we call it Marnnagudjiye and in my grandfathers language Bunuba, and they call it Briieyarli, another name for Traditional Smoking Tree.