Jinta-Parnta Jukurrpa

Jinta Parnta Jukurrpa

Jinta-Parnta Jukurrpa translates to Edible Fungus Dreaming and in paintings depicting this Dreaming often show Napanangka and Napangardi Warlpiri women collecting the Jinta-Parnta far to the west of Yuendumu at Karnta Karlangu, near another sacred women's ceremonial site of Mina Mina. Jinta-Parnta is also known as native truffle and appears in the sandhills after the winter rains. The growing fungus forces the earth above it to crack, exposing it. The women then collect it, squeezing out the juice before cooking. Jinta-Parnta is prepared by cooking in hot ashes. Ancestral women travelled north through Janyinki and other places, then to the east through to Alcoota country while collecting Jinta-Parnta.

They got to Mina Mina, which is a ceremonial place belonging to the Japanangka and Japangardi men and the Napanangka and Napangardi women. Their associated land continues for to the west of Yuendumu into sandhill country. There are a number of Mulju and a large clay pan at Mina Mina and it is at these sites that the women danced and performed ceremonies. As a result Karlangu rose up out of the ground, which the women carried with them on their long journey east. They danced and sang the whole way with no sleep. The women collected other types of bush tucker such as Yakajirri.

Concentric circles are often used in paintings of this Dreaming to represent the Jinta-Parnta that the women have collected. An example can be seen in the painting by Tina Napangardi Martin on this page.

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