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Bindiyalngu (Yolngu name)
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Latin name)
'cheeky yam/pumpkin yam' (Common name)
Bindiyalngu belongs to the Dhuwa moiety.
Cultural information about the plant Mulkun has painted includes the following:
This plant has large green marwat (leaves), grows 7 feet high and has a huge tuber under the ground. This is Yirritja ngatha (food). It can be monuk (bitter). Belama djinawa dholungur (dig underneath). You dig it up from under the mud. We wrap the tuber in paperbark and then cook it overnight to remove the poison. Mungdhuna (beat it) and the poison comes out. Dhuwal bili wa[ng]gany yäku (it has just the one name): Bindiyalngu. Gängan ngarra baman' luka (I ate it a long time ago at Gängan). It is ready in the rarranhdharr season (the 'build-up' of the late dry season in November-December), like manmuna/mawuka (long yam), bulwutja, bäwang (native potato/yam), räkay (water reed corn). Diltjingur ga rangikurr (by the beach or inland the country is full of food at this time).
(Written by Mulkun Wirrpanda)
Botanical information about the plant Mulkun has painted includes the following:
- large underground perennial tuber growing to 30 centimetres in diameter; main yam can get very large and is shaped like a pumpkin; small tubers occur around it
- annual umbrella-like leaves to 1.5 metres in height
- flowers crowded onto a red-brown short column with a large bract below; flower column is penis-like in shape and has a strong unpleasant odour, like rotting meat, to attract flies as pollinators
- grows in monsoon vine forests and riverine areas in the Top End of the Northern Territory.
A botanical painting in natural pigments and ochres on eucalyptus stringy bark, depicting the native plant species 'Bindiyal[ng]u'. The painting features four green/brown coloured circles in the centre that form a square, with a horizontal row of four half circles above them and a row of four full circles below. There are straight lines coming from all of the circles and the background features white, green, red and brown lines that are crosshatched. On the reverse of the bark, the number '4220J' is handwritten in black ink, and there is a 'BUKU-LARRNGAY MULKA' adhesive label attached, including the artist's name and other details.
The collection consists of nine larrakitj, or painted hollow logs, and 113 bark paintings painted between 2011 and 2014 by Mulkun Wirrpanda, a senior female Yolngu artist at Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land. These works are a product of Wirrpanda's interest in documenting the ecology of her country following her participation in a joint project with non-Indigeous artists, printmakers and academics, charting the country and yam supply at Blue Mud Bay.
The works in this collection provide a unique visual record of Yolngu knowledge of plants and food-bearing and medicinal species. Wirrpanda depicts aspects of the plants' life cycle across numerous works, including the gestational period through to fruiting and the interconnections between the food source and the extensive freshwater flood plains and rivers, beaches, sandhills, salt flats and estuaries in her Yolngu country.
W 480mm x H 950mm x D 50mm