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  • Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
  • Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
  • Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
  • Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm
Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)-  Mawurrji, 107x61cm

Valerie Napurrurla Morris, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming)- Mawurrji, 107x61cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Valerie Napurrurla Morris
  • Community - Nyirripi  
  • Aboriginal Art centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 39/17ny   
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H107 W61 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

Janganpa Jukurrpa (common brush-tail possum [Trichosurus vulpecula] Dreaming) travels all over Warlpiri country. ‘Janganpa’ are nocturnal animals that often nest in the hollows of white gum trees (‘wapunungka’). This story comes from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). A group of ‘janganpa’ ancestors resided there. Every night they would go out in search of food. Their hunting trips took them to Wirlki and Wanapirdi, where they found ‘pamapardu’ (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 ‘janganpa’ 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 men’s 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. ‘Janganpa’ tracks are often represented as 'E' shaped figures and concentric circles are used to depict the trees in which the ‘janganpa’ live, and also the sites at Mawurrji.

Valerie Napurrurla Morris was born in 1942 on Mount Doreen, an extensive cattle breeding station between Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia, and Nyirripi, 160 km further west. She went to the local school in Yuendumu and when she finished schooling she got a domestic job cleaning houses – “learning from white fella”! She married Mosquito Morris and has two children, a daughter and son. She has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Valerie currently lives in Nyirripi but has family living in Yuendumu, Papunya and Kintore. Valerie has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2007. She started painting when she saw her big sisters paintings. Her sister’s taught her this Dreaming. Valerie paints Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming), and Mukakee Jukurrpa (Bush Plum Dreaming), Dreaming which relates directly to her land, its features and animals. When she’s not painting, she loves to go hunting and ‘exercising’ chasing goannas and digging for honey ants and witchetty grubs.

 




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