Yarla Jukurrpa, Possum Dreaming by Jack Jakamarra Ross

Jack Ross Tjakamarra 'Possum Dreaming' 61 x 46cm.jpg
Jack Ross Tjakamarra 'Possum Dreaming' 61 x 46cm.jpg

Yarla Jukurrpa, Possum Dreaming by Jack Jakamarra Ross

500.00

Jack Jakamarra Ross  b.c. 1922 - d. 2004

Acrylic on canvas 

61 x 46cm

©Jack Jakamarra Ross Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association reproduced with kind permission.

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The Jukurrpa country for this story is Yumurrpa, north west of Yuendumu. Jukurrpa is a Central Australian Aboriginal term used to mean the laws and protocols set by the ancestral beings who created the world. People sometimes use the word dreaming in place of Jukurrpa. The Jukurrpa story, designs and land belong to Jupurrula, Jakamarra clan men and Napurrula, Nakamarra clan women.

In this painting, the artist has represented part of a story about two ancestors fighting a big battle in this area. The two ancestors are Wapiti (bush carrot) and Yarla (Bush potato).                                                                                                                                                  The painting depicts the yarla plant as the concentric circles at the top and bottom and the sinuous lines are the ngarna (roots) of the plant. Yarla (bush potato) is an important food source for Aboriginal people.

Copyright for both artwork and text remains with  Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association and are reproduced here with kind permission.