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Lukarrara Jukurrpa

Hilda Nakamarra Rogers
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
107 x 91 cm
Warlukurlangu Artists


This Jukurrpa belongs to women of the Nakamarra/Napurrurla subsections and to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men and is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Lukarrara (desert fringe-rush) is a grass with an edible seed. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone, ngatinyanu, with a smaller stone, ngalikirri to make flour. This flour is mixed with water to make damper cakes. In Warlpiri traditional paintings iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Large concentric circles often represent the site of Jaralypari and also the seed bearing grass Lukurrara. ‘U’ shapes can depict the karnta (women) collecting lukarrara and straight lines are frequently used to portray seeds that fall down to the ground and are also collected by women using their parrajas (wooden food carriers) and karlangu (digging sticks).

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

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