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  • Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
  • Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
  • Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
  • Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm
Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm

Marlette Napurrurla Ross, Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji, 30x30cm

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  • Artist - Marlette Napurrurla Ross
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 45/18
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas 
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5 
  • Postage variants - This work is posted pre-stretched and ready to hang
  • 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.

Marlette lives in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 290 kms North West of Alice Springs. She lives in Yuendumu with her large extended family. Marlette has been painting through Warlukurlangu Artists, the local Aboriginal owned and governed art centre since 1992. Marlette paints the traditional stories that have been passed down to her by her ancestors, these stories relate directly to her country and the features of the land and animals found in those places. Apart from painting Marlette also works at the local childcare "Kurdu Kurdu Kurlangu' which is the best indigenous childcare in Australia. She is also raising her grandson Caymon. In her spare time she also likes to go out hunting in the country surrounding Yuendumu for traditional tucker including goanna, wild fruits.