Tina Napangardi Martin - Edible fungus dreaming
Mainie Australia - Edible Fungus Dreaming Painting
Artwork Name: Edible Fungus Dreaming
Artist: Tina Napangardi Martin
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
In this painting women of the Napanangka Napangardi subsection are collecting ‘jinti-parnta’ (edible fungus) far to the west of Yuendumu at Karnta Karlangu, near to another place called Mina Mina. ‘Jinti-parnta’ is also known as native truffle and appears in the sandhills after the winter rains, The growing fungus forces the earth above it to crack, exposing it. Then, women collect it, squeezing out the juice before cooking. Jinti-parnta is prepared by cooking in hot ashes. Ancestral women travelled north through Janyinki and other places, then to the east through to Alcoota country, while collecting ‘jinita-parnta’. They got to Mina Mina which is a ceremonial place belonging to Japanangka/Japangardi men and Napanangka/Napangardi women. Their associated land continues west of Yuendumu into sand hill country. There are a number of ‘mulju’ (water soakage’s) and large clay pan at Mina Mina and it is at these sites that the women danced and performed ceremonies. As a result ‘Karlanu”(digging sticks) rose up out of the ground, which the women carried with them on their long journey east. They danced and sand the whole way with no sleep. The women collected other types of bush tucker as ‘yakajirri’ (bush sultana).
In the paintings of this Dreaming concentric circles are often used to represent the jinita-parnta that the women have collected.