Chriselda Nangala Egan - Seed dreaming
Mainie Australia - Seed Dreaming Painting
Artwork Name: Seed Dreaming
Artist: Chriselda Nangala Egan
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
This painting tells the story of a Jangala ‘Watiya-warnu’ (acacia Tenussiuma) ancestor who travelled south from a small hill called Ngurlupurranyangu to Yamunturrnga (mount Liebig). As he travelled, he picked the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds and placed them in ‘parrajas’ (food carriers), one of which he carried on his head. Watiya-warnu is a seed-bearing tree that grows in open spinifex of mulga country. When people returned to their camp after collecting the seeds, they would make large wind breaks for shelter and winnow the seed in the late afternoon. Immature ‘watiya-warnu’ seed is ground into a baste and can be used to treat upset stomachs.
The associated ‘watiya-warnu’ ceremony involves the preparation of a large ground painting. This Jukurrpa belongs to Nampijinpa/Nangala women and Jampijinpa/Jngala men. In contemportary Warlpiri painting traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings if this dreaming ‘U’ shapes are often depicting women collecting the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds. Oval shapes represent the ‘parrajas’ where they carry the seeds in.