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  • Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm
Aboriginal Art | Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm

Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), 152x61cm

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  • Artist - Karen Napaljarri Barnes
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 1399/17
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen 
  • Size(cm) - H61 W152 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping

The Jukurrpa site shown in this painting for Ngatijirri (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 after 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 ‘ngatijirri’ 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 concentric 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/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.

Karen Napaljarri Barnes was born in Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community in semi-arid country on the edge of the Tanami Desert 1000km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She moved to Yuendumu, 700km south, after finishing school in Lajamanu, to be with her family. She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed Art Centre, since 2001. She is the grand-daughter of Warlukurlangus's famous artist Judy Napangardi Watson and they would sit together painting at the Art Centre every day when Karen first started painting. Karen paints the dreaming stories handed down to her by her family for generations of millenia, stories which come from Mina Mina, country west of Yuendumu of which her family are the custodians. She also paints Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming), Wakulyarri Jukurrpa (Wallaby Dreaming), Ngarlajiyi Jukurrpa (Bush Carrot Creaming). Karen loves sport, especially basketball and softball, and is an avid football spectator, barracking for Lajamanu.