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Lajamanu, North Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia.
Dreaming and Design:
Karnta (Women Dreaming) at Mina Mina. The straight lines are digging sticks, the waving lines are Ngalyipi (snake vine). In many paintings of this Jukurrpa the concentric circles are used to represent desert truffles that the women were collecting.
Belonging to Skin Groups:
Japangardi, Japanangka, Napangardi and Napanangka (Green Group)
Information about Desert Truffle:
Desert Truffles of the Australian Outback: Ecology, Ethnomycology, and Taxonomy. The Aborigines of Central Australia have traditionally used desert truffles as food. Truffle hunting in the desert requires substantial ecological knowledge, as truffles occur sporadically and only with adequate and properly distributed rainfall as well as the presence of necessary soil conditions and mycorrhizal hosts. Truffles are hunted primarily by women, who look for cracks or humps in the soil caused by expansion of the truffles, which are then extracted with digging sticks. The truffles are typically eaten raw or baked or roasted in ashes. Seven truffle species are recorded from the Australian Outback, including three that have been only recently described.
Mina Mina - Mina Mina is east of Lake Mackay on the Lake Mackay Aboriginal land Trust.
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Joe Japanangka James (dec) in 2005