Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato)- Ngaru

This painting shows two Napaljarri women collecting ‘wanakiji’ for tucker around Ngaru country to the west of Yuendumu that is also the site for Yawulyu, an important women’s ceremony. Wanakiji (bush tomato [Solanum chippendalei]) are really good bush foods that can be eaten raw or cooked. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Circles of different colours are used to depict cooked and uncooked ‘wanakiji’, ‘U’ shapes often are used to represent the two Napaljarri sisters and concentric circles are used to portray their ‘ngurra’ (camp sites).