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Paddy Japaljarri Stewart Door 23 - Honey Ant Dreaming 2011
Acrylic on linen
1070 x 460mm

Door 23 - Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming) Honey ants are a much prized delicacy, considered to be well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground. The ants dig tunnels quite deep under the ground in 'jirrijirrinpa' (mulga woodland) country. Branching from these passage ways are chambers ('mingki'), from the ceiling of which the honey ants are suspended, full of food. With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move. The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Wanakurdpanda, east of Yuendumu. This Jukurrpa also travels through Yuendumu, and belongs to Japangardi/Japanangka men and Napangardi/Napanangka women. Also shown in the painting is the mulga worm, which is related to the Honey Ant Dreaming. The Mulga Worm Dreaming is depicted by 'S' shapes and are found around the mulga trees. The worms have two teeth and are collected by the women. The custodians of the Dreaming are Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and the kurdungurlu - the managers of the Dreaming who have to assure that rituals are performed correctly - are Jakamarra/Jampijinpa men and Nakamarra/Nampijinpa women.

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