Jajirdi manu Janganpa (Native Cat and Possum Dreaming)

Andrea Nungurrayi Martin, Warlpiri / Australian, born 1965
Warlpiri
Yuendumu
Western Desert
Northern Territory
Australia

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2007

Acrylic on linen

Overall: 72 1/16 × 35 13/16 in. (183 × 91 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner

2016.1.37

Geography

Place Made: Australia, Oceania

Period

21st century

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Painting

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This painting shows the journey to a Kurdiji (initiation ceremony) followed by a fight. The u-shapes traditionally represent the Jajirdi, or Native Cat ancestors. They started out from the south and then gathered to make spears at Warrunungu near Kirrirdi Creek (shown at the bottom left). Holding spears, the Jajirdi continued to Yamirringi to conduct the secret ceremony, shown by the largest group of concentric circles. The Janganpa (common bushtail possum) ancestors then interrupted the proceedings and a large fight erupted. Afterwards, the Janganpa forced the Jajirdi to join the initiation ceremony. This work references many specific geographical sites that would be familiar to the artist and her people, the Warlpiri.

From the 2023 exhibition Layered Histories: Indigenous Australian Art from the Kimberley and Central Desert, curated by Amelia Kahl, Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming


Exhibition History

Layered Histories: Indigenous Australian Art from the Kimberely and Central Desert, Amelia Kahl, Curator, 5 August 2023 - 2 March 2024, Citrin Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Provenance

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia; sold to Will Owen (1952-2015) and Harvey Wagner (1931-2017), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 17, 2000; given to present collection, 2016.

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