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Calvin Jungarrayi Martin
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Janganpa are nocturnal animals that often nest in the hollows of white gum trees (wapunungka). This story comes from a hill, Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi. A group of ancestors resided there. Each night they searched for food and 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 woman was living at Mawurrji with her two daughters, whom she gave in marriage to a ‘janganpa’ but later decided to run away with them. The janganpa angrily pursued the women. 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 man’s initiation ceremony here, which involves the Janganpa Jukurrpa. The Jukurrpa belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrula men and Nakamarra/Napurrula women. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent as ‘E’ shaped figures and concentric circles are used to depict the trees in which the janganpa live, as well as the sites at Mawurrji. 
  • Title
    Brush-tail Possum Dreaming
  • Artist
    Calvin Jungarrayi Martin
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