Goanna-Honey Ant and Bush Banana Dreaming

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Artist: Janet Forrester Ngala
Year: 1999
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 123cm x 122cm
Price: $3750
Shipping: To be quoted
Description: A rare painting combining Janet’s three popular designs. Honey Ants are a traditional bush tucker often found at the roots of the Acacia Bush. They have been the source of food for our people since the beginning of time and are still plentiful in Central Australia. The circles with honey ants in them represent all the places on our tribal land as each tribe has their own places to dig honey ants. The reason for this painting is to explain to White people that Aboriginal people move through the land because, in the early days there was no sanitation, so we moved from place to place, to give the land time to recover and the honey ant’s nests to rejuvenate. That way there was always a supply of honey ants at that place on our land. This picture shows the layout of honey ants and shifting sand hill country of Central Australia. It also shows goannas. The story was passed on to me by my Tribal Elders. I painted the story and used the goannas to illustrate the story of the Tribal Elders meeting place, who would meet every so often. The pattern shown outside the goannas are the people coming to the meeting place. This particular meeting is in a water hole, which is represented in the centre. The darker colours used in the painting shows a very dry season. Aborigines met at this meeting place in all weather, dry, wet, cold, windy. The round goanna design represents the generations, never ending but going round and round. The bush banana is a valuable source of bush tucker for Aboriginal people and parts of the vine are used for medicinal purposes. An excellent example of Janet's best work.
Reference: JFN123HAG