Gunguri ga Wurrkadi

Marrnyula Mununggurr (b.1964)
This design for the etching is Guyita (witchetty grub) and Wurrkadi (larvae of horned beetle) feasting on Ganguri (yam). Wurrkadi belongs to the Dhuwa moiety. Two clans Galpu and Djarrwark. Wurrkadi lives inside the sand or under the trees. They like to eat ganguri (wild yams). Yolnu don’t eat wurrkadi and don't like to touch them but still it is a very special insect. Guyita lives in a special tree called balkpalk (sterculia quadrifida). When Yolnu go hunting for yam or guku (wild honey) if they find guyita, they straight away chop it and eat it to relieve that dry feeling of their tongue.

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25.0 x 20.0 cm
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Purchased 2016
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