Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming) by Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart

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Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming) by Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart


Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart b.1972

122 x 46cm

Acrylic on canvas

Image ©Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart 

Copyright of artwork and text remains with the artist and Aboriginal traditional owners, is administered on their behalf and reproduced here with the permission of Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Corporation.

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The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngatijirri (budgerigar or Melopsittacus undulates) is at Yangarnmpi south of Yuendumu. Yuendumu is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It ranks as one of the larger remote communities in central Australia and has a thriving community of Aboriginal artists. Yuendumu lies 293 km northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami Road, and is a community largely made up of the Warlpiri and Anmatyerr Aboriginal people.

'Ngatijrri' are small bright green birds native to central Australia which are common around the Yuendumu area, especially after the summer rains.  Menwould 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 'ngatijirri', 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 Dennsion and west of Yuendumu. Each time the flock of ancestral 'ngatijrri' 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 footprints of the birds on the ground and give an indication of the large flocks of 'ngatijrri' that can be found near Yangarnmpi and other sites near Yuendumu. After good rains 'ngatjijirri' can successfully breed several times, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short time.

Custodians for the Ngatijirri Jukurrpa are Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.