Nyangulya Katie Nalgood
No clock, only birds. Nyangulya Katie Nalgood has a deep connection to birds. Rather than relying on clocks, her days align with nature.
"Birds are the first things we see, you know, when we wake up. Birds are like roosters to us, they wake us up in the morning. And when the sun goes down they go to sleep and we go to sleep.” - Katie Nalgood, Spinifex Hills Studio
How do you start and end the day? Draw the first things you see and hear when you wake and the last thing before bed.
Nalgood’s favourite bird is theJini Pirrin (Willywag Tail). They are messengers for her side of the family and appear at significant times. Do you have a favourite bird, or animal? Nalgood often names the birds she paints, giving them a personal identity. Draw a picture of your favourite wild animal and give it a name.
Select one of Nalgood’s paintings taking note of the title. Write a short story featuring the birds in the painting. Who are these birds, what are they doing there, and where are they going next?
Listen to A Littler Yarn with Nyangulya Katie Nalgood