The Western Desert tribal groups have long sought after the underground nests of the Honey ant.Honey ants are unique in using their own bodies as living storage, used later by their fellow ants when food is otherwise scarce. When the liquid stored inside a honeypot ant is needed, the worker ants stroke the antennae of the honeypot ant, causing the honeypot ant to regurgitate the stored liquid from its crop.
It is a major dreaming painted by both men and women.
Isobel Nungarrayi Hagan - Yuelamu Artist - Northern Territory Australia.
Australian aboriginal artist Isobel Hagan was born at Glen Helen Station in March 1961. An Anmatyerre and Warlpiri Language speaker she is one of the senior elders of the Mount Allan aboriginal community. A past president of the Mount Allan community Council, Isabel is still very much involved in community affairs.
An avid painter - honey and, Goanna, possum, bush tucker, bush onion, bush tomato, bush banana, are among her favoured painting subjects. The plaintiff and the mid-1980s Isobel's paintings are based on strong traditional values.
See also the reference on page 106 of "Aboriginal artists of the Western Desert" - a biographical dictionary - by Vivien Johnson