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Painting by Topsy Nabanardi
127 x 118 cm, 2002. ID:OT01

Topsy Nabanardi
Topsy

Artist: Topsy Nabanardi

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Home: Mount Allan

Country of Story: Yuelamu

Date of Birth: 1931

Dreaming: Honey-ant, witchetty, emu, snake

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Topsy has painted her depiction of the Yuelamu Dreaming site on Mount Allan Station, formed by the honey-ant ancestors during the period known as the Dreamtime. It was their travels, across a dark empty land, which brought life, light, the law and the land itself into existence.

The honey-ants live under mulga trees, where the worker ants gather nectar, and feed it to the 'drones' underground. These ants store the nectar in their distended abdomens, and it is reurgitated in times of shortage to feed the ant colony.

The Aboriginal women dig to three metres for these tasty morsels with their digging sticks and return with them on their food bowls.

Women are depicted as 'U' shapes, that being the track they leave on the ground when sitting. There are groups sitting with their digging sticks and oval shaped coolamons (food bowls), and they are also shown in dancing lines with ceremonial poles, enacting ceremonies to ensure the abundance of the honey-ants.

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