Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming)- Warntungurru, by Vanessa Nampijinpa Brown
Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming)- Warntungurru
Vanessa Nampijinpa Brown
Acrylic on Belgian linen, 122x91cm, 761/20ny
This painting depicts the Flying Ant Dreaming west of Yuendumu. Pamapardu is the Warlpiri name for flying ants or termites that build the anthills found throughout Warlpiri country. When heavy rains common summer the termite mound get flooded out so the flying ants need to grow wings and fly out to find new homes, following the queens to dry mounds or to build a new one. When they find a new home they drop their wings. At this stage they can be collected and lightly cooked in the coals.