Stars of Yuendumu new paintings from Warlukurlangu Artists, Yuendumu, NT

30 AM 8835/12
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart Door 7 - Puurda Manu Wanakiji Jukurrpa 2012
Acrylic on Belgian linen
300 x 300mm

Puurda (Yam Dreaming) and Wanakiji (Bush Tomato Dreaming) are an important source of food for the Aboriginal people of the desert and there are many Dreaming rituals around them. The Puurdakurlu (yam [Vigna lanceolata]) are found in creek beds. It is a slender twining plant with yellow pea flowers, which flower throughout the year. Aboriginal people look for the white roots, then cook them in the hot earth beside the fire until they are just firm. In the painting the yam are represented by organic shapes. You can see mardi (yam root) and puurda (big yam) and the jijardu (yam flower). Wanakiji (Bush Tomato [Solanum chippendalei]) appear after the rains and change from green to yellow in summer. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The Bush Tomato is represented by circles of different colours to depict cooked and uncooked 'wanakiji'. The wanakiji jijardu (bush tomato flower) and wanakiji (bush tomato plant) are shown in the painting

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