Yinirnti Jukurrpa (Bean Tree Dreaming)

The Yinirnti Jukurrpa (bean tree Dreaming [spp name]) is centred on Yarrungkanyi, a site near to Mount Doreen station to the west of Yuendumu. At Yarrungkanyi there is a large and unusual rock formation of round boulders on the top of hills. The seeds of the ‘yinirnti’ tree are threaded onto ‘wirriji’ (hair string) to make necklaces for decoration and ceremonial use. There is an old story that when a ‘yinirnti’ tree dies men take a piece of the trunk and cut a slit in it. They then place dry ‘marlu’ (kangaroo) dung in the slit and rub a spear thrower against it to heat it. When it starts to smoke highly flammable grass (commonly called kerosene grass) is placed against the dung and a fire is made in the slit. The custodians of the Yinirnti Jukurrpa and the site at Yarrunkanyi are Japaljarri /Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. A variety of images and signs are used to depict the various elements of this story, much of which is restricted.