Arlatyey – Bush Yam Dreaming
Artist: Colleen Wallace Nungarryi
Title: Arlatyey – Bush Yam Dreaming
Size: 40 x 40cm
Med: Acrylic on Canvas
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Colleen’s Arlatyey – Bush Yam Dreaming belongs to her Grandfather’s country Annamurra, which lies north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range region.
The story is of the arlatyey – pencil yam, and its kame – seeds. There are two different species of this yam but the same seed if found in both. The story line for arlatyey starts in Alhalkere country in the Utopia region and runs south to Annamurra country. The plant that grows in Ahalkere country produces a long thin tuber while the plant in Annamurra country produces a short thick tuber. Growing prolifically any time of the year after rain these juicy, starchy storage organs are an important source of food. This plant can be recognised by its green sprawling vine and yellow flowers, which bloom after good rain.
In this particular painting the concentric circle represents the place where the plant grows out of the ground and the place to dig for the yam roots. Red dotted linear work in the background signifies the red earth and also awelye – women’s ceremonial body paint design.
The yam is cooked in hot sand and taste similar to sweet potato.
The pencil yam – arlatyey often features in Aboriginal mythology.