Roxella Napangardi Marshall's - Wild Plum Dreaming
Size: 30cm x 30cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
The Mukaki Jukurrpa (Wild Plum Dreaming), tells of the journey of a group of heroic 'mukaki' ancestors from Wirki to Yiwinji. Another place Watungurra near Nyirrpa and about 160km south west from Yuendumu is also associated with the story. The site painted in this story belongs to the Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men and Napurrurla/Nakamarra women. 'Mukaki' (wild plum fruit) are picked when they have been dried by the sun. They can be ground with added water to make a paste. Traditionally women would gather 'mukaki' and squeeze the juice into food carriers to drink. The ripe black plums would also be used as paint for body decoration and ground painting. In the past people would apply the juice to their skin to make themselves darker. The 'mukaki' are also eaten by the possums. In paintings of this Dreaming, often concentric circles are used to represent the trees themselves, (watiya), while curved lines are usually used to depict the root, (yartura) and clusters of small circles can portray the flowers, (jimjirla). Normally unripe 'mukaki' are painted as green.