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Yala Tjukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming)

Punata Stockman Nungarrayi

Synthetic polymer on linen

71cm x 30cm

2019

This painting tells the story of the Bush Potato Dreaming (Yam or Sweet Potato Dreaming). The Bush Potato ancestors came from Yutalu and travelled widely before resting at Yamapunta and then continuing their journey to the north-west. Abundant supplies of bush potatoes bear witness to the Dreamings continuing presence. In this painting Punata has depicted two women (‘U ‘shapes) digging for Yala. The Yala is eaten raw or roasted in the coals of a fire. It tastes similar to the cultivated sweet potato. The green vine with brown bulbs indicates the Yala. The circles, from which the vine originates, are the holes dug to find the underground potato bulb. The circle in front of the women is the site where they go to find the potato. At the women’s side is their digging stick and coolamon (wooden dish for carrying items). The women perform a traditional ceremony in honour of the Yala where they dance and paint their breast, chest and forearms in ceremonial body designs. They also decorate their bodies with feathers and dance with ceremonial objects such as nulla nullas (a fighting stick also used for ceremonial dancing). The design represents the bush potato vine.

Ref: 518-19

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Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement. The artists of Papunya Tjupi have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. The Art Centre, located 250km NW of Alice Springs/Mparntwe, supports emerging artists and some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters.

It was established in 2007, in response to the vacuum following the homelands movement of the late 1970s, which saw the exodus of many of the famous pioneer painters. Papunya Tjupi currently consists of 150 artists from Papunya and surrounding outstations, who are renowned for their strong line-work and for continuously developing new ways to tell the old stories.

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