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Welcome to the Indigenous illicit drug use web resource - for people working, studying or interested in addressing the use of illicit drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We aim to provide quality information and resources to support the reduction of harms associated with the use of illicit drugs among Indigenous peoples.

The term illicit drugs refers to those drugs which are illegal to possess and supply such as cannabis and amphetamines. For prescription drugs which are not used for the purposes for which they were prescribed (such as painkillers), please see our section on pharmaceuticals.

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Artist: Pauline Namijinpa Singleton

Skin name: Namijinpa

Jukurrpa: Jaganpa (Brush-tail Possum Dreaming) - Mawurrji



Janganpa Jukurrpa (Common Brush-tail Possum Dreaming, Trichosurus vulpecula) travels all over Warlpiri country. This part of the story comes from a big hill called Mawurrji, west of Yuendumu and north of Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs). There is a Mulju (water soakage) there that was created by Janganpa ancestor. ln the painting the 'E' shaped figures represents the possum tracks. The concentric circles are the trees in which the possums live, and also the sites at Mawurrji. Warlpiri people have a young men's initiation ceremony with Janganpa Jukurrpa. The Dreaming belongs to Jakamarra/Jupurrula men and Nakamarra/Napurruia women.

Last updated: 2 December 2015
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