Brush-tailed Possum
Acrylic on Linen
91 x 107 cm
Cat.No: Y050
Jorna was born in c.1930 and passed away in 2011. This painting tells the story of the brush-tail possum Dreaming. Those possums are nocturnal animals that often nest in the hollows of white gum trees. A common story is about an ancestor who traveled all over the lands visiting various sites during the Dream-time, including one site called Jangankurlangu, meaning literally "belonging to possum". Over the last 100 years or so the Possums became extinct, most likely due to feral cat predation and the changes to their habitat caused by the introduction of cattle and other feral animals. In earlier times those Possums have been considered good meat. In traditional Warlpiri iconography wavy lines and "E" shapes are used to depict the tracks that the Possums left as they moved around.