Yalka Dreaming – June Smith


This painting is called Yalka Dreaming, and it is the story from my grandmother’s country, where the Yalka growin the sand, and in the creek beds after rain.

Yalke is my totem, it is my ancestors song, and the way we are connected to country. My grandmother passed this story onto me when I was a small child. My grandmother would sit on the ground and draw all the stories in the sand for me, and tell me the Dreaming Stories.

This painting shows you the country that my ancestors came from, and is a picture of the land we walk on when we are going to find Yalka for bush foods. The country where the Yalka grows is in the desert, hidden below the sandhills and spinifex grass, and dry creeks.

The Yalka is a bush onion, and it is a little bulb, growing in clumps all together, hidden in the earth. When we cook it, we put them in hot ashes from the fire and then peel the skin of the onion and eat its white flesh.

Artist Name
June Smith
Acrylic on Canvas
Artwork Size
75 cm x 39 cm

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SKU: 81738673