The Lukarrara Jukurrpa or Desert Fringe Rush Seed Dreaming belongs to the Nakamarra & Napurrurla women and the Jakamarra & Japurrurla men of Warlpiri culture. The Dreaming is associated with a place called Jaralypari which is found to the north of Yuendumu in Central Australia. Lukarrara is a grass with an edible seed. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone with a smaller stone, Ngatinyanu and Ngalikirri, to make flour. This flour is mixed with water to make damper cakes which are cooked and eaten.
In Warlpiri traditional paintings iconography is used to represent the Dreaming including particular sites and elements. Large concentric circles are used to represent the site of Jaralypari and also the seed bearing grass Lukarrara. U shapes can depict the Karnta collecting Lukarrara and straight lines are frequently used to portay seeds that fall down to the ground and are also collected by women using their Parrajas (Wooden food carriers) and Karlangu (Digging Sticks).
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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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