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Kaylisha Napaljarri Ross - Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming) 46x30cm


Kaylisha Napaljarri Ross - Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming) 4


Artwork Name: Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)

Artist: Kaylisha Napaljarri Ross

Size: 46cm x 30cm loose canvas

Item Code: 10301

Art Story

The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting far Ngatijirri (budgerigar) is at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. ‘Ngatijirri’ are small, bright green bird’s native to central Australia whicha re common around the Yuendumu area, especially after the summer rains. Men would hunt for ‘ngatijirri’ nests, robbing them of eggs and juvenile birds, which are both considered delicacies. The men would also go out hunting for adult, flying, ‘ngatihirri’ which they would kill by swinging branches, killing sticks or ‘karli’ (boomerangs) to hit the birds in flight. The ‘ngatijirri’, travelled to Yangarnmpi from Patirlirri, near Willowra to the east of Yuendumu and travelled further on to Marngangi, north/west of Mount Dennison and west of Yuendumu. Each time the flock of ancesteral ‘ngatijirri’ lands, they perform ceremonies, singing and dancing as they fly and roost in the trees. The sites of these ceremonies are depicted in this painting as concentric circles, while cross like shapes depict the footprints of the birds, on the ground and give an indication of the large flocks of ‘ngatijirri’ that can be found near Yangarnmpi and other sites close to Yuendumu. After good rains ‘ngatijirri’ can successfully breed several times, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short time. Custodians of the Ngatijirri Jurkurrpa are Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.