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Valerie Napurrurla Morris / Brush Tail Possum Dreaming

61cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 545-11

$310.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Valerie Morris Napurrula was born in 1942 and is from the Aboriginal community Nyrippi, near Yuendumu located 600 kilometers northwest of Alice Springs.

‘Janganpa’ or brush tail possums are nocturnal animals that live and nest in white gum trees (‘wapunungka’). Janganpa Jukurrpa (common brush-tail possum Dreaming) travels all over Warlpiri country. This story is about a group of “janganpa” from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). The family of ‘janganpa’ ancestors lived there. Each night they would go out in hunting forf food. They went to Wirlki and Wanapirdi, where they found ‘pamapardu’ (flying ants). They travelled 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 furiously ran after the women. He pursued 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 includes the Janganpa Jukurrpa.

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