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58 AM 15025/18
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming) 2006
Acrylic on Belgian linen
1220 x 760mm

Honey ants are a much prized delicacy and are considered to be well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground. Honey ants can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their backs. They 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 blood. With their swollen abdomens the storage ants are unable to move. The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Wanakurdpanda, east of Yuendumu. The Jukurrpa also travels through Yuendumu, and belongs to Japangardi and Japanangka men and Napangardi and Napanangka women.

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