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Janelle Napurrula Wilson, Janganpa Jukurrpa - Bush-tailed Possum Dreaming, Aboriginal art

Janganpa Jukurrpa – Bush-tailed Possum Dreaming


Artist: Janelle Napurrurla Wilson

Region: Central Desert
Medium: Acrylics on Stretched Canvas
Year: 2014
Size: 300mm x 300mm

SKU: W001/15 Categories: , ,
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The country associated with the Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brushtailed Possum [Tricosurus vulpecula] Dreaming) is
Mungapunju, a hill south of the Yuendumu. A large family of
ancestral ‘janganpa’ travelled east to Yukurdiyi. Then they
travelled back to Mungapunju. The ‘janganpa’ live in hollow
trees and hunt nocturnally, carrying their young on their
backs. ‘Janganpa’ were once frequently found across much
of Warlpiri and neighboring country but have become
extinct in recent years. It is speculated that this extinction
may be due to feral cat predation and the changes to their
habitat caused by the introduction of cattle and other feral
animals. The ‘janganpa’ is considered good meat for ‘yapa’
(Warlpiri people). Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and
Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women are the custodians of this
Jukurrpa. In traditional Warlpiri iconography circles are
used to represent the camps of the ‘janganpa’, curved lines
depict the tracks left by the ‘janganpa’s’ tail and ‘E’ shapes
are used to represent the ‘janganpa’s’ footprints.