Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) – Cockatoo Creek

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Artist Letoya Nakamarra Curtis
Skin name Nakamarra
Jukurrpa Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) – Cockatoo Creek
Painting size 91 x 76 cm



This Yarla Jukurrpa belongs to men of the Japaljarri/Jungarrayi subsec􏰁ons and to Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. It comes from an area to the east of Yuendumu called Cockatoo Creek. ‘Yarla’ (bush potato [Ipomea costata]) are fibrous tubers that grow beneath a low spreading plant, found by looking for cracks in the ground. This edible tuber grows from ‘yartura’ (roots) which seek out moisture to spout new plants. Yarla are good to eat, when cooked they are really so􏰂 and tasty. The Jukurrpa tells of ‘yarla’ and ‘wapir􏰁’ (bush carrot [Vigna lanceolata]) ancestors figh􏰁ng a big ba􏰃le in this area. The specific site associated with this pain􏰁ng is a ‘mulju’ (water soakage) called Ngarparapunyu. In contemporary Warlpiri pain􏰁ngs tradi􏰁onal iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The curved lines of the ‘kuruwarri’ (ceremonial designs) represent the ‘ngamarna’ (vine-like tendrils) from which grow ‘jinjirla’ (flowers). ‘Karlangu’ (digging s􏰁cks) are usually represented as straight lines. ‘Karlangu’are used by women to dig for bush tucker like Yarla and Wapir􏰁 which are found underground.