Lajamanu ArtMolly Tasman – Seed Dreaming
The Nakamarra and Napurrurla women are getting long, rounded wooden dishes, often known as coolamons, (Warlpiri: parraja) to put edible seeds in.
The seeds are from a low-lying creeper grass (called karlajirdi in Warlpiri). The women collect and clean the seeds, and later they’ll cook them in hot coals.
This dreaming belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla and Nakamarra/Napurrurla groups. It is about the Miyamiya, Jiparanpa and Pawurrinji areas, in Warlpiri country in the Tanami Desert.
Napurrurla grew up in the Tanami Desert and lived at Mt Doreen, Yarturlu-yarturlu and Yurrampi. She lived a traditional life style as a young child. She was moved to Lajamanu with her family when the government relocated people to the new community in the 1950s. She is dedicated to the preservation of her culture and works tirelessly to this end. She has been teaching children in school bilingual education programs for many years. Her artistic talents are widely respected among her peers and those who know her. Art is a way of preserving and expressing culture in a meaningful way. Napurrurla loves to paint and finds a lot of freedom in this form of expression, showing her gentle feminine personality in her work, which is delightful to most viewers of the art she creates. Napurrurla is a desert lady who has travelled by foot along the paths of her dreaming stories, and whose creations are from her soul.
Napurrurla’s art has been featured in exhibitions all over Australia since 1992, and she was a finalist in the 2008 & 2011 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
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Title: Seed Dreaming
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas