Paintings depicting Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) come from Wapurtali, west of Yuendumu. Pamapardu is the Warlpiri name for the flying ants or termites that build the large anthills found through Warlpiri country in Central Australia. This country belongs to Nakamarra/Napurrula women and Jakamarra/Jupurrula men. Flying Ants build earth mounds Mingkirri that are common in the Tanami area. When heavy rains come in summer the Mingkirri get flooded out, so the Pamapardu grow wings and fly off to make new homes, following their queens to dry mounds or to build a new. When they have fond their new home they drop their wings. In this stage they can be collected, lightly cooked in coals and eaten. As they fall to the ground women collect them to eat because they are nice and sweet. When this Jukurrpa story is painted concentric circles are used to represent the Mingkirri and the rock-holes involved in the story, including the central one at Wapurtali. Dashes are often depicted around the circles to represent the Pamapardu.
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The Copyright of all images and documentation remains with Sabine Haider. The Australian Copyright Act protects all artists from unauthorised copying by giving control over original works of art to the artist by law. However depending on the use proposed, Sabine Haider from Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store can facilitate reproduction of works with the permission of the artist as we have developed close relationships over the years with many individual painters and craftspeople.
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