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Jurlpu kuja kalu nyinami Yurntumu-wana (Birds that live around Yuendumu)

Wilma Napangardi Poulson
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
91 x 92 cm
Warlukurlangu Artists


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) and ngatijirri (budgerigar). Others live in the spinifex Country, like the nuwiyingki or panngarra (cockatiel). Still others make nests in trees, like the juwayikirdi (grey crowned babbler). The most popular species to hunt today are the yankirri (emu) and wardilyka (bush turkey). A number of bird species tell people messages. Several species tell people when rain is coming, including the jintirr-jintirrpa (willy wagtail) and kalwa (crane). The cries of other birds, like the kirrkalanji (brown falcon) and ngamirliri (bush stone curlew), can make children sick. The paku-paku (crested bellbird) and kurlukuku (diamond dove) are messengers of love songs. People also use messages from birds to help them hunt. The juwayikirdi (grey crowned babbler) and piirn-piirnpa (yellow throated miner) cry when goannas are nearby. In Warlpiri culture, jurlpu are associated with a number of different Jukurrpa stories. Some are even associated with major ceremonies, including the Jardiwarnpa fire ceremony.

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