This painting depicts two female ancestors gathering yams and carrying them in their bathi, conical baskets. Yams are a staple food but have to be soaked in order to remove toxins before being cooked and eaten. The appearance of dhapalany, centipedes or "itchy" caterpillars as they are commonly known, was a warning to the women that Minjingu, a male ancestor, was hunting nearby.

Physical Description

A single sheet of bark (Stringybark, Eucalytpus tetrodonta) painted with natural pigments.

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