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This painting depicts the Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) from Warntungurru, west of Yuendumu. 'Pamapardu' is the Warlpiri name for the flying ants or termites that build the large anthills found throughout Warlpiri country. This country belongs to Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men.
'Pamapardu' are flying ants. They build earth mounds ('mingkirri') that are common in the Tanami area. When heavy rains come in summer the 'mingkirri' get flooded out, so the 'pamapardu' grow wings and fly off to make new homes, following their queens to dry mounds or to build a new. When they have found their new home they drop their wings. In this stage they can be collected, lightly cooked in coals and eaten. As they fall to the ground women collect them to eat because they are nice and sweet. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings tradition iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. When this Jukurrpa story is painted concentric circles are used to to represent the 'mingkirri' and the rockholes involved in the story, including the central on at Wapurtali (Mt Singleton). Dashes are often depicted around the circles to represent the 'pamapardu'.
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Artwork: Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru 7450/23 (A)
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