Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)
- Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas, stretched
- 840 x 500mm
- Cat No. 407-23
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.
Karen is a noted artist from Yuendumu. Karen grew up in Lajamanu but now lives Yuendumu. Warlukurlangu Artists have been important in nuturing Napaljarri's wonderful talent. Her artworks are now in high demand.
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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