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Pencil Yam and Seed Dreaming

Atnwelarr (Pencil Yam) and Kame Story 
Alhalkere Country

In the Dreamtime, two different seeds were born that created two different species of pencil yam. Kame, the tiny seed of the pencil yam called Atnwelarr, is a major Dreaming story for the people of Alhalkere.

The Atnwelarr is a trailing herb or creeper, sometimes covering large areas, with bright green leaves, yellow flowers and long skinny yams (swollen roots).  These are an important food source which can be eaten raw or cooked in hot sand and ashes. 

Artists known to paint this story:

Greeny Purvis Petyarre (dec), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (dec), Jennifer Purvis Kngwarreye, Dolly Mills Petyarre


Pencil Yams in hand of Utopia Aboriginal artist


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