Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)
"Ngatijirri is a bird with a hooked beak, a small green bird that is yellowish across
the forehead. Budgerigars fly from tree to tree search for food for the young
ones. They fly all over our country. They know all the trees, creeks and water
holes. They all get together and fly out to billabongs. They sleep in hollow trees
near their special billabongs. Budgerigar dreaming belongs to the people in the
skin groups Japaljarri, Napaljarri, Jungarrayi and Nungarrayi." ~ Odessa Tippett
- Acrylic on Canvas, stretched and framed
- 800mm x 300mm
- Cat No. 177-20
Odessa Tippett (b. 1993) is a painter working with Warnayaka Art. Her skin name is Napaljarri and her language is Warlpiri.
"My great grandfather was a Gurindji man who married a Warlpiri woman. My grandmother was a desert lady living in Yuendumu area. She was moved to Lajamanu when the government forced many Warlpiri to relocate. My mother was born in
Lajamanu in women's business area. I have two children that I love very much and I am teaching them about family history and family tree." ~ Odessa Tippett
Lajamanu Community, formerly named Hooker Creek, is 580kms south west of Katherine, Northern Territory. Lajamanu is half way between Alice Springs and Darwin to the west near the NT/WA border. The town is very remote, with a population of around 900 Warlpiri people.
Warnayaka Art is staffed mainly by the children of the older generation of Indigenous Lajamanu residents who remember their first contact with white Australia. They maintain the computerised data base and run the art centre production. Older and younger community members produce Aboriginal dot paintings and make wooden artefacts. The centre is a place for a cup of tea and a song and dance, and then a trip into the Spinifex desert to look for goanna and lizards or to collect bush coconut, bush banana, yams and bush honey from native bees.
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