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Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
  • Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm
Aborginal Art - Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm

Marshall Japangardi Poulson, Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), 122x61cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Marshall Japangardi Poulson
  • Community - Nyirripi
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 659/21ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H122 W61 D2 
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This painting depicts a ‘yurrampi Jukurrpa’ (honey ant Dreaming). This Jukurrpa has special significance for Warlpiri people living in Yuendumu because it passes right through the Yuendumu community. Yuendumu is therefore also called ‘Yurrampi’ (honey ant) for this reason. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Jukurrpa are Japangardi/Japanangka men and Napangardi/Napanangka women.

This ‘yurrampi Jukurrpa’ begins southeast of Yuendumu at Yulumu and travels west. The honey ant ancestors made passages and chambers underground as they traveled, which created the soakages that remain today. After Yulumu, the ‘yurrampi’ went west to Yulyupunyu, a small hill called Yamparlinyi, and a place called Yakurrukaji, where they made a soakage. This soakage at Yakurrukaji supplied water to the original settlement of Yuendumu, and is where Yuendumu’s houses stand today.

After leaving Yakurrukaji, the ‘yurrampi’ went on to a place called ‘Wanakurduparnta’ west of Yuendumu, where they sat and attracted other ‘yurrampi’ ancestors to them. Some of the ‘yurrampi’ eventually went back east underground and died at Yulyupunyu, while others went back and died at Yulumu. The ‘yurrampi Jukurrpa’ at Yuendumu is also associated with a ‘wakapartari Jukurrpa’ (mulga worm Dreaming) and ‘jipilyaku Jukurrpa’ (duck Dreaming), all of which overlap at Yakurrukaji. 

‘Yurrampi’ (also called ‘yunkaranyi’) are a prized delicacy, considered well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground. Honey ant nests can be located by looking for honey ants that are walking around on the ground and following them back to the entrance of their nest. These foraging honey ants are called ‘jaka-liirli’ and can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their bottoms. When digging up the nest, people look for streaks of bright red soil (‘kanjirtirirtiri’) that signify that they are getting close to the underground honey ant chambers (called ‘minki’). Honey ants ants dig tunnels quite deep underground in ‘jirrijirrirnpa’ (mulga woodland country). Branching from these passageways are chambers in which the edible honey ants are suspended from the ceilings, full of nectar collected from ‘yanyirlingi’ (desert fuchsia [Eremophila latrobei]). With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move. People pick them out, gather them in ‘parraja’ (coolamons), and eat their abdomens, which taste like honey. 

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography can be used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites, and other elements. In paintings of this Jukurrpa, concentric circles can represent the soakages created by the ‘yurrampi’ ancestors. These circles can be connected by lines representing the ‘yurrampi’ ancestors’ tracks. Straight lines can represent the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) used to dig up the honey ant nests.

Marshall Japangardi Poulson was born in Yuendumu in 1961. His mother was from Derby, in Western Australia. His father's country is Pikilyi, a waterhole near Mont Doreen Station and nearby to Yuendumu. The dreamings associated with this region feature in many of Marshall's paintings. He first painted in the 1980s, learning from his older brother Neville "Cobra" Japangardi Poulson who was a well-known Yuendumu artist. Since his brother's death in 2013, Marshall has been inspired to start painting again so that the dreamings and knowledge that they inherited from their father will continue to be passed on. "I like painting because young people want to see the dreamings". 

Marshall attended school in Yuendumu and went on to boarding school at Yirara College outside of Alice Springs. He trained as an apprentice mechanic and worked at Yuendumu after finishing. He is married to Flora Nakamarra Brown, another well-known artist painting with Warlukurlangu Artists. They now live in Nyirripi, a smaller and more remote community, for a quieter life. Flora and Marshall do now have children of their own but do have many nieces and nephews in Areyonga and Darwin.

In Marshall's free time, if he has access to a four wheel drive he likes to go out hunting. He also attends the local church in Nyirripi and occasionally goes to church conferences in Darwin.




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