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  • Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
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  • Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
  • Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 2
Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 3
Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5

Rosena Napaljarri Dickson, Birds that live around Yuendumu, 30x30cm

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  • Artist - Rosena Napaljarri Dickson
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 3418/16
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre stretched canvas 
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5
  • Postage variants - This work is posted stretched ready to hang

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.

Rosena Napaljarri Dickson was born in 1989, in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Rosena is following the footsteps of her family, her mother, Jean Napanangka Brown , her father, Alan Japaljarri Dickson and her sister Samara Napljarri Dickson, who all paint for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. Rosena attended the local school and finished her education at Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When she completed her studies she returned to Yuendumu, and began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists, as well as working at the ‘Big Store’. She paints her parents’ Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and mother and their parents before them for millennia. Rosena uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional Jukurrpa. When Rosena is not painting she likes to go hunting with her family for kangaroos, goannas and bush tucker such as Bush Tomato, Bush Potato and Bush Sultannas.

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