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June Bird

June Bird

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June Bird was born in the Utopia region. She lives there with her extended family including Lindsay Bird. Her themes or stories include bush plum dreaming and body paint design. The bush plum is a popular variety of bush tucker that is only found at certain times of the year. It is found throughout most of the Utopia region where it has declined in abundance due to the grazing of cattle and rabbits. The bush plum fruits in the summer time after a fall of rain and is an important food source, even though not all of the plum is edible. To ensure the fruiting of this plant each season, the aboriginal people pay homage to the spirit of the bush plum by painting about it and in their ceremonies.

The body paint designs vary from ceremony to ceremony and depend on the subject and the time of year the ceremony is held. Different symbols are painted on the body and may vary from person to person depending on the seniority of each member.

Exhibitions
· Works of June have been exhibited in Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide Collections
· National Gallery of Australia, Sydney, Australia
· The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth, Australia
· University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
· Anthropology Museum, St Lucia, USA

Dernière mise à jour - 9 juin 2017