synthetic polymer paint on Beligian linen
30 x 30 cm
In this painting women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection are collecting Jinti-parnta (Edible fungus, Elderia arenivaga) far to the west of Yuendumu at Karntakarlangu, near to another place called Mina Mina. Ancestral women then travelled north through Janyinki and other places, then far to the east through to Alcoota country. Mina Mina is a ceremonial place belonging to Japanangka/ Japangardi men and
Napanangka/Napangardi women and their associated land continues far to the west of Yuendumu into sandhill country. There are a number of Mulju (water soakages) and a large clay pan at Mina Mina and it is at these sites that the women danced and performed ceremonies. As a result Karla-ngu (digging sticks) rose up out of the ground and it is these implements that the women carried with them on their long journey east. They danced and sang the whole way with no sleep. The women collected many other types of bush tucker including Ngalyipi (Snake Vine), Yakajirri (Bush Sultana). In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and often concentric circles are used to represent the Jinti-parnta that the women have collected and straight lines represent Karlangu (digging sticks). Jinti-parnta grows in the sandhills during the winter rains and is prepared by cooking it in the hot ashes, then the liquid inside is poured out and when it is dried out we eat it.