Mewana grass

Mary Dhapalany is Liya-Galawuymirr and tells these stories about Mewana speaking Mandhalpuy.

Mewana is native grass used for making bags and baskets when collecting food near the swamp areas. Foods such as warraga (Cycad nuts), räkay  (Water chestnuts), djitama (yams). These types of bags or baskets were sometimes used when soaking cycad nuts in fresh water to leach out toxins.

Mewana is also sometimes used to bind fish traps.

Mewana grass is used to make ceremonial dilly bags which are passed down from generation to generation and less likely to get mold or rot in the intense tropical climate.