Mickey Jampijinpa Singleton
Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming)
The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngajirri (budgerigar [Melopsittacus undulates]) is at Yangarnmpi, south of Yuendumu. ‘Ngatijirri’ are small, bright green birds native to central Australia which are common around the Yuendumu area, especially are the summer rains. Men would 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 ‘ngajirri’ travelled to Yangarnmpi from Parlirri, near Willowra to the east of Yuendumu and travelled further on to Marngangi, north/west of Mount Dennison and west of Yuendumu. Each me the ﬂock of ancestral ‘ngajirri’ 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 the footprints of the birds on the ground and give an indication of the large ﬂocks of ‘ngajirri’ that can be found near Yangarnmpi and other sites close to Yuendumu. Are good rains ‘ngatjirri’ can successfully breed several mes, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short me. Custodians for the Ngajirri Jukurrpa are Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.
Canvas Size 61 x 30 cm