Ruby Djikarra Alderton
46 x 61cm Paper: FABRIANO
Mawuka is a yam (underground tuber) that may be eaten after roasting. It is only found at Dhambaliya.
This image depicts the Mawuka ceremony. The background pattern represents Rirratjiŋu land at Dhambaliya and Yirrkala.
Other meanings may also be interpreted from this image. For example, the tuber may represent a woman of the Rirratjiŋu clan and the flowers her children. Alternatively the tuber may be interpreted to relate to the Dhuwa moiety, and the flowers represent the nine Dhuwa clans currently residing in the Yirrkala area.
Printed November 2012