Alicka Napanangka Brown - Bush Potato dreaming - Cockatoo creek
Mainie Australia - Bush Potato Dreaming - Cockatoo Creek Painting
Artwork Name: Bush potato dreaming cockatoo creek
Artist: Alicka Napanangka Brown
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
This Yarla Jukurrpa belongs to men of the Japalijarri/ Jungarrayi subsections and to Napaljarri/Nugarrayi women. It comes from an area to the east of Yuendumu called Cockatoo Creek. ‘Yarla’ (bush potato) are fibrous tubers that grow beneath a low spreading plant, found by looking for cracks in the ground. This edible tuber grows from ‘yartura’ (roots) which seek out moisture to sprout new plants. Yarla are good to eat, when cooked they are soft and tasty.
The Jukurrpa tells of ‘yarla’ and ‘wapirti’ (bush carrot) ancestors fighting a big battle in this area. The specific site associated with this painting is a ‘mulju’ (water soakage) called Ngarparapunyu. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The curved lines of the ‘kuruwarri’ (ceremonial designs) represent the ‘ngamarna’ (vine like tendrils) from which grow ‘jinjirla’ (flowers). ‘Karlangu’ (digging sticks are usually represented as straight lines. ‘Karlangu’ are used by women to dig for bush tucker like Yarla and Waparti which are found underground.