Milpirri Banner - JANGANPA (Blue Group Possum)
Lajamanu, North Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia.
Janganpa (Possum). In this banner, the 'E' shapes represent possum tracks and the lines represents the journey path of the possum people. Jangankurlangu means Jangan (Possum) and Kurlangu (belonging to)
Belonging to Skin Groups:
Jangala, Jampijinpa, Nangala and Nampijinpa (Blue Group)
Jerry Jangala Patrick states that the possum is Jakamarra Nakamarra and Jupururla Napururla skin (See Red Group Possum), however in the dreaming it became blue group while at Boomerang Hole.
Pardi Pardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook) 2012
Jerry Jangala states that Yakarryi was the old traditional owner for this place at Boomerang Hole. Currently the Downs family. Boomerang hole is within country that is Napaljarri/Japaljarri and Nungarrayi/Jungarrayi. Speak with Cowboy George Jungarrayi in Willowra for more information.
Wangapa (Geoffrey Barnes)
Boomerang Hole is listed on maps as Jangakulangu (properly spelt Jangankurlangu). It is located on the Lander River north of the Warlpiri community of Willowra (Wirliyatjarrayi).
Warlpiri linguist Dr David Nash describes some early history at Jangankurlangu and the nearby mining lease at Wolfram Hill. The Warlpiri dictionary states that many people used to live at Jangankurlangu. Nash states that conflict over water at Boomerang Hole is regarded by many Warlpiri as the place where the trouble began that eventually led to the killing of Fred Brooks and the reprisals that have become known as the Coniston Massacre.
Other Possum Dreamings:
Possum at the Granites: In addition to this banner which is located at Jangankurlangu (Boomerang Hole) on the Lander River, there is another Jangankurlangu at the Granites. This is where the possums had a big battle. The battle is discussed on the Red Group Possum Banner.
Possum at Marwuji:
There is another possum dreaming near Yuendumu. It is described on the Warlukurlangu art centre website from Yuendumu.
Janganpa performance in Alice Springs:
Janganpa was the name (also the name of the dance group) of a co-production between the Janganpa Dancers (managed by VAST) and Tracks Dance Company at the Araluen Centre, Alice Springs in 2003.