Riny`tjaŋu (Bloody yam) – Dhopiya Gurruwiwi

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The Riny`tjaŋu, or Bloody yam is one of the many yam species can be found in Arnhem Land. The yam is a popular food source not just in Australia, but in many parts of the world. Its preparation is a long process, to be able to locate the yams takes a good local knowledge, that is why in the Yolŋu culture to have this knowledge is usually associated with power. The bloody yam is similar to the beetroot with a blood-like juice in its roots as the name suggests. It is harvested after the `yidaki-cutting-season`, before the wet-season starts. Collecting food is usually women`s business, requires a deep knowledge of the area, the seasons, the traditional food preparation and cooking methods.

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Cultural context

Artist: Dhopiya Gurruwiwi
Title: Riny`tjaŋu – Bloody yam / 2006
Medium: acrylic painting on canvas

The Riny`tjaŋu, or Bloody yam is one of the many yam species can be found in Arnhem Land. The yam is a popular food source not just in Australia, but in many parts of the world. Its preparation is a long process, to be able to locate the yams takes a good local knowledge, that is why in the Yolŋu culture to have this knowledge is usually associated with power. The bloody yam is similar to the beetroot with a blood-like juice in its roots as the name suggests. It is harvested after the `yidaki-cutting-season`, before the wet-season starts. Collecting food is usually women`s business, requires a deep knowledge of the area, the seasons, the traditional food preparation and cooking methods.

One of the most popular traditional mediums for paintings is the natural bark, that is peeled off the Stringybark eucalyptus trees. We asked Dhopiya to paint on contemporary medium; here is a piece of  the first series of acrylic paintings on canvas, painted by Dhopiya Gurruwiwi for the Hollow Log Didgeridoos. By selling these paintings we would like to support Dhopiya and Djalu`s family, the full collected price goes back to them.

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Dimensions77 × 132 cm

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