Nola Napangardi Fisher - Purrpalanji Jukurrpa (Skinny Bush Banana)
Mainie Australia - Purrpalanji Jukurrpa Painting
Artwork Name: Purrpalanji Jukurrpa (Skinny Bush Banana)
Artist: Nola Napangardi Fisher
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
‘Purrpalanji’ (skinny bush banana) is a twining climber with thin leaves and pink-brown flowers. Its bean like edible pods are long and skinny, and can grow up to 20cm long. It is fire tolerant and grows quickly whenever moisture is available. Like ‘yuparli’ all of the plant is eaten aside from the woody stems.
This ‘purrpalanji Jukkurrpa’ (skinny bush banana dreaming) comes from Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs), a large water holes and natural springs to the west of Yuendumu, close to Mount Doreen.Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men are the ‘kirda’ (owners) of the skinny bush banana dreaming at Pikilyi. Nangala women and Jangala men are the ‘kurdungurla’ (custodians) of this Dreaming.
Napangardi and Napanangka women collect ‘ purrpalanji’ (skinny bush bananana) and ‘yuparli’ (bush banana) around Pikilyi in their ‘parraja’ (coolamons). They cook the ‘purrpalanji’ and ‘yuparli’ in hot ashes to get rid of the acidic taste they can have when eaten raw. The skinny bush banana Dreaming is only associated with Pikilyi, and does not travel to other locations. Pikilyi is an important site associated with a number of different dreaming’s. These include ‘yuparli Jukurrpa’, (bush banana dreaming), ‘warrilyi ngurlu Jukurrpa’ (blue mallee seed), ‘kakalyalya Jukurrpa’ (cockatoo Dreaming) and ‘warna-jarra Jukurrpa’ (two snakes dreaming). In the two snakes dreaming story, Napangardi and Napananbka women pick lice off the the two snakes living in the waterhole at Pikilyi.
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Curved lines are used to represent the long, skinny edible portion of the ‘purrpalanji’ (skinny bush banana).