Artist: Carol Napaljarri Kitson
Title: Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)
Size: 46 x 30 cm
Med: Acrylic on Linen
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The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngatijirri (buderigar) is at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. ‘Ngatijirri’ are small, bright green birds native to central Australia which are common around Yuendumu area, especially after the summer rains. Men would hunt for ‘ngatijirri’ nests, robbing them of eggs and juvenile birds, which both considered delicacies. Each time the flock of ancestral ‘ngatijirri’ lands, the men 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.