Kanta Jukurrpa (Bush Coconut Dreaming) – Puturlu

Kanta are soft fleshy white fruit similar to coconuts that grow encased in the hard shells of wasp galls which grow on ‘wurrkali’ (bloodwood [Eucalyptus terminalis]) trees, commonly known as ‘bush coconut’. The gall is broken in two and the inside is eaten out. Inside the fruit live small grubs which are delicious and sweet to eat. Later turn into wasps (‘wangarla’ [Cysticoccus pommiformus]) and fly away. Napangardi and Napanangka women, depicted in the painting as ‘U’ shapes, would go out collecting ‘kanta’ at Puturlu, west of Yuendumu. In Warlpiri traditional paintings iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Circles are used to represent ‘kanta’, while concentric circles depict the sites where the women go to gather it. This Jukurrpa travels from west to east. The Jukurrpa, designs and country shown in this painting are owned by Napangardi/ Napanangka women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.