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  • Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
  • Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 2
  • Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 3
  • Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
  • Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 2
Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 3
Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5

Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson, Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu), 30x30cm

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  • Artist - Sharlene Nakamarra Nelsonn
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 3220/16
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas 
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5 
  • Postage variants - This work is posted pre-stretched and 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.

Sharlene Nakamarra Nelson was born in 1996 to Patricia Nungarrayi Spencer and Simon Jupurrurla Nelson. She was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. Sharlene’s father’s grand-mother was Daisy Napanangka Nelson, one of the founding members of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1987. Sharlene is related to many Warlukurlangu Artists including Mary Napangardi Butcher, Wilma Nampijinpa Robertson and Narelle Nakamarra Nelson. Sharlene still attends school. She began her studies at the local school in Yuendumu and in 2011 left home to continue her studies at Shalom Christian College, Townsville, where they offer campus boarding facilities for secondary students. She enjoys school, plays sport particularly basketball and loves music such as rap and reggae. When she is on holidays she helps out at the Warlukurlangu Art Centre and paints with her family. She likes to paint Janganpa Jukurrpa (Brush-tail Possum) and Marlu Jukurrpa (Kangaroo Dreaming), dreamings passed down from her father’s side and from his father’s side before him for millennia. When she’s home she also likes to go hunting with her family.