Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) – Warntungurru
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 traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. When this Jukurrpa story is painted concentric circles are used to represent the ‘mingkirri’ and the rockholes involved in the story, including the central one at Wapurtali (Mt Singleton). Dashes are ofte around
the circles to represent the ‘pamapardu’.
ARTIST: MARIA NAMPIJINPA BROWN
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