Renelle Napanangka McCormick - Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek

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Renelle Napanangka McCormick - Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek

$120.00
This Yarla Jukurrpa belongs to men of the

Japaljarri/Jungarrayi subsections and to

Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. It comes from an area to the

east of Yuendumu called Cockatoo Creek. ‘Yarla’ (bush

potato [Ipomea costata]) are fibrous tubers that grow

beneath a low spreading plant, found by looking for cracks

in the ground. This edible tuber grows from ‘yartura’ (roots)

which seek out moisture to spout new plants. Yarla are

good to eat, when cooked they are really soft and tasty. The

Jukurrpa tells of ‘yarla’ and ‘wapirti’ (bush carrot [Vigna

lanceolata]) ancestors fighting a big battle in this area. The

specific site associated with this painting is a ‘mulju’ (water

soakage) called Ngarparapunyu. In contemporary Warlpiri

painƟngs tradiƟonal iconography is used to represent the

Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The curved

lines of the ‘kuruwarri’ (ceremonial designs) represent the

‘ngamarna’ (vine-like tendrils) from which grow ‘jinjirla’

(flowers). ‘Karlangu’ (digging sticks) are usually represented

as strait lines. ‘Karlangu’are used by women to dig for bush

tucker like Yarla and Wapirti which are found underground.