Born: c. 1986
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming, Ntang Artety (Mulga Seed) Dreaming
Trinity Bird is the ninth child of Paddy and Eileen Bird, both well established artists. Along with his 10 siblings, parents and grandmother (Ada Bird Petyarre) he has painted for Mbantua Gallery, though not prolifically. His very first works on canvas were done in 2002.
Trinity paints the Mulga Seed Dreaming and Mulga Berries Dreaming which tell of the men collecting the seeds and berries that fall from the mistletoe on the Mulga Tree.
Mbantua Gallery Private Collection, Alice Springs
|Latz, P.||1995, Bushfires & Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs|
Trinity paints the story of the Ahakeye (Bush Plum). This is a very important story for Trinity that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Trinity from his father. The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Trinity, is also known as the native currant or citrus. It belongs to the canthium attenuatum shrub which grows about 3m high. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the ahakeye, which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry.
Concentric circles, which are traditional symbols, represent the site of this story in Trinity's country, Ilkawerne. Parallel lines protruding from circles represent culture, song and travel lines. 'U' shapes equal men collecting the fruit and telling the Ilkawerne stories, and wavy lines represent Utnea slowly making his way through the country. Utnea is a carpet snake who is king of all the carpet snakes and is the 'boss man' for Ilkawerne country.
Background dotting represents the fruit that have fallen to the ground and other symbols represent sacred men's symbols related to this Dreaming.0