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  • Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm - Art Ark

Geraldine Napangardi Granites, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana, 61x30cm

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  • Artist - Geraldine Napangardi Granites
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 3282/18
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H30 W61 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - As displayed

This painting depicts one of many ‘jurlpu’ (bird) species that live around Yuendumu. The bush around Yuendumu provides many different habitats for birds to live in. Many bird species live around waterholes and rivers, like the ‘pirniny-pirninypa’ (black fronted dotterel [Elseyornis melanops]). Others live in the spinifex country, like the ‘nuwiyingki’ or ‘panngarra’ (cockatiel [Nymphicus hollandicus]). Still others make nests in trees, like the ‘juwayikirdi’ (grey crowned babbler [Pomatostomus temporalis]).

People hunt some of these species for meat. The most popular species to hunt today are the ‘yankirri’ (emu [Dromaius novaehollandiae]) and ‘wardilyka’ (bush turkey [Ardeotis australis]). People also used to hunt ‘yupurru’ (spinifex pigeon [Geophaps plumifera]) and ‘ngapilkiri’ (crested pigeon [Ocyphaps lophotes]), among others.

A number of bird species tell people messages. Several species tell people when rain is coming, including the ‘jintirr-jintirrpa’ (willy wagtail [Rhipidura leucophrys]) and ‘kalwa’ (crane). The cries of other birds, like the ‘kirrkalanji’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) and ‘ngamirliri’ (bush stone curlew [Burhinus grallarius]), can make children sick. The ‘paku-paku’ (crested bellbird [Oreoica gutturalis]) and ‘kurlukuku’ (diamond dove [Geopelia cuneata]) are messengers of love songs.

People also use messages from birds to help them hunt. The ‘juwayikirdi’ (grey crowned babbler [Pomatostomus temporalis]) and ‘piirn-piirnpa’ (yellow throated miner [Manorina flavigula]) cry when goannas are nearby. People know to run quickly when these birds cry, so that they can catch the goannas.

In Warlpiri culture, ‘jurlpu’ (birds) are associated with a number of different ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming) stories. Some are even associated with major ceremonies, including the Jardiwarnpa fire ceremony.

Geraldine Napangardi Granites was born and has lived in Yuendumu all her life. Yuendumu is a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Geraldine is the daughter of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, a strong participant of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and granddaughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (dec) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec): two of Warlukurlangu Artists founding artists. She attended the local school and has two sisters and one brother who also paint with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. She also has four children, 2 sons and 2 daughters. She is a shy person who is very involved with her large extended family and enjoys being around children and helping the family’s grandchildren. Geraldine learns by observing her grandfather’s art works as well as Judy Napangardi Watson’s work (a Warlpiri artist who is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa /Dreaming stories). When Judy visits Yuendumu and the Warlukurlangu Art Centre Geraldine loves to listen to Judy’s stories about a special country, Mina Mina. She also paints alongside her mother Alma and sister Sabrina and observes them while they paint their art work. Geraldine is working hard to develop a modern interpretation of the traditional culture. Geraldine started painting at the Centre two years ago and paints the Mina Mina Dreaming story which is an important woman’s story.