Country: APY LANDS
Yaritji Young was born Circa 1954, in the Southern Desert Region. Her language is Pitjantjatjara. Yaritji’s parents are Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick, her sisters Sandra, Freda, Maringka and Tjungkara all paint through Tjala Arts in Amata, SA. Yaritji tells the story of Tjala (Honey ants) which are found about a metre underground beneath Mulga trees. The Honey ant tunnels that lead down to the nests are called nyinantu. The Honey ant larvae are called ipilyka-ipilyka. The Honey ant is the favoured food source. When the Pitjantjatjara go looking for Honey ants, they look for the drill holes under the trees and when they see them, they dig down following the tunnels to find the Honey ants inside. They suck the honeylike liquid from the abdomen of the ant. The story of the Tjala is told across the Northern Territory into South Australia. The Tjala is an important link between Anangu mythology and interdependence on the environment.
Artwork by Yaritji Young
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