Pamela Napurrurla Walker
Aboriginal Warlpiri woman
Pamela Napurrurla Walker was born in 1957 at Mt Doreen Station, an extensive cattle breeding station about 55 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory of Australia. She was born into a large Warlpiri family and has three brothers and six sisters. Her father, Towser Jakamarra Walker (Dec) was not only one of the senior men in the Warlpiri community at Yuendumu but also a well-known artist who painted for Warlukurlangu Artists. Pamela has been working with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1994 but it wasn’t until 2006 that she began to paint full time. She paints her father’s jukurrpa, Dreamings, which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were told to her by her father, stories that have been passed down through the millennia.
'Janganpa' (Brushtail Possum) are nocturnal animals that often nest in the hollows of white gum trees. They were once very common in the country surrounding Yuendumu. In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the tracks of the 'Janganpa.' They are often represented in 'E' shaped figures and concentric circles are used to depict the trees in which they live.
This painting depicts Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brushtail Possum Dreaming) at a site called Mawurrji - a hill west of Yuendumu. In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent Dreaming stories. In this painting 'Janganpa' tracks are represented by the E shaped figures, and the circles are the trees where the 'Janganpa' once lived.