Karnta manu Jintiparnta Jukurrpa (Women and Desert Truffle Dreaming)

This painting depicts ‘karnta’ (women) digging for ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]) using ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks). ‘Jintiparnta’ appear in the sandhills after the winter rains. The growing fungus forces the earth above it to crack, exposing them. Women look for the cracks, dig them up, and squeeze out the liquid inside to drink. They cook the ‘jintiparnta’ in hot ashes and eat the white flesh inside.

In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography can be used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).