Chris Japanangka Michaels
Aboriginal Warlpiri man
This painting depicts the Brushtail Possum Dreaming. The country associated with this particular painting is Mungapunju - a hill south of Yuendumu. A large family of ancestral 'Janganpa' (brushtail possums) lived here in hollow trees and would hunt at night with their young on their backs. 'Janganpa' were once frequently found across much of Warlpiri and neighbouring country, but have sadly become extinct in recent years.
This story comes from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). A group of 'japanpa' (possums) ancestors resided there.