Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)
Ngatijirri is a bird with a hooked beak, a small green bird. It is yellowish across the forehead. Budgerigars fly from tree to tree search for food for the young ones. It flies all over our country.
Ngatijirri is a bird with a hooked beak, a small green bird. It is yellowish across
the forehead. Budgerigars fly from tree to tree search for food for the young
ones. It flies 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.
Myra Patrick commenced painting in 1986 during the Traditional Painting Course initiated by the T.A.F.E. Unit in Lajamanu. Her approach to depicting Dreaming in her painting was diametrically different to other Lajamanu artists. She used a very fine dotting technique, which gave a shimmering effect to her paintings. Myra Patrick also made some pottery and sometimes collaborated on the paintings of her husband, Freddy Partick Tjangala (now deceased). She depicts Dreamings such as the Jurlpa (Small Barn Owl), Malu (kangaroo) Witi (Ceremonial Pole), Bush Vine, Snake and Cockatoo. In recent years she has decided to use her fathers family name Herbert.
Myra's father was born in Yinipaka so this is where her dreamings come from.
In 2018 Myra was selected to participate in Parrtjima, an indigenous light festival in Alice Springs. Her paintings were translated into visual light projections and a collaborative installation of sounds and sights of the budgerigar. She is senior law
lady in Lajamanu.
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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