Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas Board
23 x 31 cm
Janganpa Jukurrpa (common brush-tail possum [Trichosurus vulpecula] Dreaming) travels all over Warlpiri country. ï¿½Janganpaï¿½ are nocturnal animals that often nest in the hollows of white gum trees (ï¿½wapunungkaï¿½). This story comes from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). A group of ï¿½janganpaï¿½ ancestors resided there. Every night they would go out in search of food. Their hunting trips took them to Wirlki and Wanapirdi, where they foundï¿½pamaparduï¿½ (flying ants). They journeyed on to Ngarlkirdipini looking for water. A Nampijinpa women was living at Mawurrji with her two daughters. She gave her daughters in marriage to a Jupurrurla ï¿½janganpaï¿½ but later decided to run away with them. The Jupurrurla angrily pursued the woman. He tracked them to Mawurrji where he killed them with a stone axe. Their bodies are now rocks at this place. Warlpiri people perform a young menï¿½s initiation ceremony, which involves the Janganpa Jukurrpa. The Janganpa Jukurrpa belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men and Nakamarra/Napurrurla women. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent this Jukurrpa. ï¿½Janganpaï¿½ tracks are often represented as 'E' shaped figures and concentric circles are used to depict the trees in which the ï¿½janganpaï¿½ live, and also the sites at Mawurrji.
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