Better World Aboriginal Art Magnetic Bookmark - Brush Tail Possum Dreaming

by Stephen Jupurula Nelson

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Better World Aboriginal Art Magnetic Bookmark - Brush Tail Possum Dreaming by Stephen Jupurrula Nelson

Size:  105mm x 45mm
Artist/Story details on back
designed and made in Australia

These cute little bookmarks clasp over the page and attach via a magnet.  
Royalties are paid to the artists for sales of this product. Australian Made

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.

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SKU STAT-BMM-BWA-SJN
Barcode # ASJN699MAGB
Brand Better World Arts
Shipping Weight 0.0100kg
Shipping Width 0.110m
Shipping Height 0.003m
Shipping Length 0.050m
Shipping Cubic 0.000017000m3

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