Wanakiji Jukurrpa (30x30cm pre-stretched on canvas) by Violet Malbunka
Artist: Violet Napurrurla Malbunka
Skin Name: Napurrurla
Jukurrpa (Dreaming): Wanakiji Jukurrpa (bush tomato Dreaming)
Canvas Size: 30x30cm
The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (bush tomato [Solanum chippendalei]
Dreaming) travels through Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of
Yuendumu). “Wanakiji” grows in open spinifex country and is a
small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy
fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit the
seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon called
‘kajalarra’. The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto
skewers called ‘turlturrpa’ and then cooked over a fire.
‘Wanakiji’ can also be skewered and left to dry. When they are
prepared in this way it is called ‘turlturrpa’ and the fruit can be
kept for a long time. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings
traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa,
particular sites and other elements. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa
belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and
This artwork is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity, with the Story of the artwork told in greater detail.
About Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu
Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia. Our main business is to promote the maintenance of local Indigenous culture by producing beautiful Aboriginal Art which is then sold around Australia and the world!
Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. The Aboriginal art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.
Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.