Budgerigar Dreaming – Ngatijirri Jukurrpa
Ngatijirri is a bird with a hooked beak, a small green bird. It it yellowish across the forehead. Budgerigars flying from tree to tree search for food for the young ones. It flies all over our country. They know all the trees, creeks and water holes. They all get together and fly out to billabongs. They sleep in hollow trees near their special billabongs. Budgerigar dreamings belongs to the people in the skin groups Japaljarri, Napaljarri, Jungarrayi and Nungarrayi.
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About Myra Patrick Herbert
Myra Patrick commenced painting in 1986 during the Traditional Painting Course initiated by the T.A.F.E. Unit in Lajamanu. Her approach to depicting Dreaming in her painting was diametrically different to other Lajamanu artists. She used a very fine dotting technique, which gave a shimmering effect to her paintings. Myra Patrick also made some pottery and sometimes collaborated on the paintings of her husband, Freddy Partick Tjangala (now deceased). She depicts Dreamings such as the Jurlpa (Small Barn Owl), Malu (kangaroo) Witi (Ceremonial Pole), Bush Vine, Snake and Cockatoo. In recent years she has decided to use her fathers family name Herbert. Myras father was born in Yinipaka so this is where her dreamings come from.In 2018 Myra was selected to participate in Parrtjima, an indigenous light festival in Alice Springs. Her paintings were translated into visual light projections and a collaborative installation of sounds and sights of the budgerigar. She is senior law lady in Lajamanu.See other works from Myra Patrick Herbert