The Yuparli Jukurrpa (Bush Banana) is the story of a fruit bearing creeper that grows up trees and produces fruit with many fine winged seeds inside. Yapa (Warlpiri people) like to cook them in the coals, particularly the young juicy ones that we call Yangardurrku. Warlpiri people also eat the small white flowers and the leaves which have a delicious nutty taste.
One story of this Dreaming is of two ancestral Karnta of the Napangardi and Napanangka skin groups who travelled south from Pikilyi through country near Karrinyarra (Mount Wedge) to the south and re-emerged at two water soakges at Yinjirimardi, west of Yuendumu. They were accompanied by a man of the Japangardi skin group. He would sometimes change himself into a Warlawurru (Wedge-Tailed Eagle) and fly behind them. Unknown to the Napangardi woman, her Japanagardi classificatory brother and the Napanangka were lovers. They travelled further north and returned to Pikilyi where they entered the ground creating the large fresh water springs that are still there today.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, associated sites and other elements. A variety of images and signs are used to depict the various elements of this story.
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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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