synthetic polymer paint on canvas
23 x 30 cm
Provenance Warlukurlangu Artists, NT Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited: Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngatijirri (budgerigar [Melopsittacus undulates]) is at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. "Ngatijirriâ€Ÿ are small, bright green birds native to central Australia which are common around the Yuendumu area, especially after the summer rains. Men would hunt for "ngatijirriâ€Ÿ nests, robbing them of eggs and juvenile birds, which are both considered delicacies. The men would also go out hunting for adult, flying "ngatijirriâ€Ÿ, which they would kill by swinging branches, killing sticks or "karliâ€Ÿ (boomerangs) to hit the birds in flight. The "ngatijirriâ€Ÿ travelled to Yangarnmpi from Patirlirri, near Willowra to the east of Yuendumu and travelled further on to Marngangi, north/west of Mount Dennison and west of Yuendumu. Each time the flock of ancestral "ngatijirri" 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 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. After good rains "ngatijirri" can successfully breed several times, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short time. Custodians for the Ngatijirri Jukurrpa are Napaljarri. Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.