Milpirri Banner - NGATIJIRRI (Budgerigar at Partirlirri)
Lajamanu, North Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia.
Dreaming Design and Place:
Ngatijirri (Budgerigar). Myra Nungarrayi Herbert says that this Ngatijirri Banner is the Dreaming on its home ground at Partirlirri. In this banner the crosses are tracks and the circles are ngipiri (eggs.)
Find the home ground for this Ngatijirri (Budgerigar) dreaming by looking for the location of Partirlirri on the South Tanami IPA digital story book map. Select “Jukurrpa map” and look for Partirlirri on the west side of the Lander River and south of the community of Willowra.
Belonging to Skin Groups:
Japaljarri, Jungarrayi, Napaljarri and Nungarrayi (Yellow Group)
Myra Nungarrayi Herbert in 2005
In Lajamanu learn more about Ngatijirri from Geoffrey Jungarrayi Barnes or Myra Nungarrayi Herbert
Warlpiri school books:
Click here to down load this pdf about Warlpiri travelling around at Partilirri hunting for bush meat in an old book called “nyurruwiyilpalu miyi-parnta manu kuyu-parnta warru-wapaja - A long time ago we were travelling around with bush food and bush meat.” (English translation at the end.)
Ngatijirri, karnalu ngarrirni wajirrki-wajirrki. Panu kalu nyina ngatijirriji. Ngatijirri karnalu ngarrirni - yirdiji nyanunguju, nguruwaji. Kumulyurru. Ngulanya karnalu ngarrirni - yirdiji wurrkardunya: ngatijirriji, nguruwaji, kumulyurru.
We call ngatijirri those green ones. There are lots of budgerigars. We call budgerigars by the name of nguruwaji. And kumulyurru. That is what we call it - by three names: ngatijirri, nguruwaji and kumulyurru.
Ngatijirri, ngulaji ka nyina - yukuri-yukuriyijala. Lapajipiya. Witalku. Ngatijirri - kumulyurru. Ngulaji ka nyina lirra narntirnkiyijala. Kaninjarrakarijala - yiripardu wita. Wilypirirlayijala ka nyina. Kurduju. Ngatijirriji. Manu kalu wiriwirirlangukula wilypirirla nyina. Yukami wilypirirlayijala. Nguruwanayijala kalu wapa, paarr-pardinjala, walyangka kalu pirri-mani, watiyarla kalu nyina - ngulajangka kalu - yalkirirlalku wapa. Paarr-pardinjarla.
The budgerigar is also green like the Port Lincoln Ringneck (lapaji). But it is smaller. It is called kumulyurru. It also has a curved beak. One that is turned downwards and which is small and sharp pointed. The young budgerigars live inside the hollow parts of trees. And so even do the adult ones. They go inside the hollow trees. They fly in the sky too, after taking off from the ground. Then they land on the ground, or they perch in trees, and then they fly in the sky.
Dictionary Source: Laughren, M., K. L. Hale, and Warlpiri Lexicology Group, 2005 Warlpiri-English Encyclopaedic Dictionary. (Accessed Via Kirrkirr Interface to Electronic Files.) University of Queensland
After good rains ‘ngatijirri’ can successfully breed several times, resulting in an explosion of the population in a short time.