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Noreen Egan Nampijinpa "Honey Ant Dreaming"

Product shot of Honey Ant Dreaming - © Noreen Egan Nampijinpa

Noreen Egan Nampijinpa
"Honey Ant Dreaming"

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  • Medium
  • Catalogue
  • Price $AUD
  • Sale Price
  • 46 x 46 cm
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 160621
  • $420
  • $360

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  • Warlpiri
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  • Yuendumu, NT
  • 2021

The honey Ants are a prized delicacy, considered well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground.

Honey ant nests can be located by looking for honey ants that are walking around on the ground and following them back to the entrance of their nest. These foraging honey ants are called ‘jaka-liirli’ and can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their bottoms. When digging up the nest, people look for streaks of bright red soil that signify that they are getting close to the underground honey ant chambers.

Honey ants dig tunnels quite deep underground in mulga woodland country. Branching from these passageways are chambers in which the edible honey ants are suspended from the ceilings, full of nectar collected from the desert fuchsia tree. With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move. People pick them out, gather them in coolamons, and eat their abdomens, which taste like honey. The ants are then free from their honey filled bellies and are able to move and collect more honey.

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Artist Noreen Egan Nampijinpa
TitleHoney Ant Dreaming
Language GroupWarlpiri
AreaYuendumu, NT
Catalogue 160621
Date2021
MediumAcrylic on Canvas
Size (W x H) 46 x 46 cm
Price $AUD $420   Sale Price $360

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The honey Ants are a prized delicacy, considered well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground.

Honey ant nests can be located by looking for honey ants that are walking around on the ground and following them back to the entrance of their nest. These foraging honey ants are called ‘jaka-liirli’ and can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their bottoms. When digging up the nest, people look for streaks of bright red soil that signify that they are getting close to the underground honey ant chambers.

Honey ants dig tunnels quite deep underground in mulga woodland country. Branching from these passageways are chambers in which the edible honey ants are suspended from the ceilings, full of nectar collected from the desert fuchsia tree. With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move. People pick them out, gather them in coolamons, and eat their abdomens, which taste like honey. The ants are then free from their honey filled bellies and are able to move and collect more honey.

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