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Kunawarritji workshop

Kunawarritji workshop

Martumili artists travelled to Kunawarritji, Well 33 in April 2008 for a week long series of painting and weaving workshops, a number of these works were featured in Yiwarra Kuju.

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Nyarna - Lake Stretch

Nyarna - Lake Stretch

60 artists from seven art centres travelled along the Canning Stock Route in 2007, and the first 'exhibition' of the artworks was held on the banks of Nyarna, Lake Stretch.

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Minyipuru

Minyipuru

Sisters paint their epic three metre canvas Minyipuru (Seven Sisters) at Kilykily, Well 36 on the Canning Stock Route Project trip in 2007.

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"We wanna tell you fellas 'bout things been happening in the past that hasn’t been recorded…"

Clifford Brooks, 2007

Paruku

Paruku

Before white settlement, the Paruku (Lake Gregory) and Tjurabalan (Sturt Creek) regions comprised a centre of activity for both ancestral beings and river, lake and desert people.

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That long way...

That long way...

Patrick Tjungurrayi returned to the Canning Stock Route for the first time in 50 years in 2007 to paint the story of his journey out of the desert.

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Tika Tika

Tika Tika

Kayili artist Yurnangurnu Nola Campbell with her painting Tika Tika at her home in Patjarr Community.

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Kunkun artists

Kunkun artists

Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba and Nora Nangapa are the Martumili artists who painted Kunkun.

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Kurtal juju

Kurtal juju

These boys and young men are painted up to perform Kurtal juju, the dance and song belonging to Kurtal jila.

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Majarrka

Majarrka

Majarrka juju is an important dance; it has been credited with reviving young men's enthusiasm for their ceremonial culture.

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Jilakurru

Jilakurru

Jilakurru, which appears on old maps as ‘Killagurra Springs’, is a sacred site. The gorge contains many sacred rock art galleries.

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Nyiru

Nyiru

Emerging filmmaker Curtis Taylor's film Nyiru tells the Martu story of the Seven Sisters, or Minyipuru.

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Emerging curators

Emerging curators

Three young Aboriginal curators were mentored as part of the CSR Project between 2007 and 2010.

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"That stock road, I know that kartiya fella been putting all the road, still, I reckon, only lately."

Ngarralja Tommy May, 2007

Camels and poison

Camels and poison

Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi recalls eating poisoned meat on the stock route after spearing a working camel.

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"I am jila. I am one of his lightnings."

Ngilpirr Spider Snell, 2008

Paruku

Paruku

This map of Paruku shows the rich plant food and medicinal resources surrounding the lake Country.

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Hunt goanna

Hunt goanna

Birriliburu artist Vera Anderson and Martu elder Anga Friday Jones pull a goanna from its hole in preparation for a feast.

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Ngumpan

Ngumpan

This workshop revolved around the intergenerational transfer of cultural knowledge, and was one of the most transformative events of the project.

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"Whitefellas just reckon go where the straight line is. In the Martu side there’s no straight line."

Mervyn Street, 2007

Approvals

Approvals

Content approval workshops were undertaken in 17 communities to ensure that artists and elders were satisfied with the direction of the CSR Project.

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Helicopter

Helicopter

In 1957 'Helicopter' Tjungurrayi left the desert. He was about ten years old and extremely ill when a survey crew took him to Balgo in a helicopter for medical attention.

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Nana

Nana

Nana follows the story of Martumili artist Jakayu Biljabu, who grew up in the Country around Well 25. It was filmed by her granddaughter Morika Biljabu.

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CHOGM

CHOGM

Yiwarra Kuju returned to Western Australia in 2011 as the cultural backdrop for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth.

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Kinyu

Kinyu

"Kinyu is the one that grew me up."

Eubena Nampitjin

Jarntu (Kinyu) is simultaneously an ancestral being, a story and a place.

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Jukuja Nora Tjookootja

Jukuja Nora Tjookootja

Jukuja was born at Piparr. Her mother worked as a cook with drovers on the stock route. Jukuja is one of the senior singers for Kaningarra.

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"We were having dinner somewhere and these kartiyas came, all the camel man. I got scared from seeing those camels."

Mayarn Julia Lawford

Kiki

Kiki

From the Dreamtime, [the ancestral hero] Kiki was coming from the sky, looking for a place to live. He came down near Paruku and went down in the water.

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Rover's brother

Rover's brother

Charlie Brooks and Rover Thomas were finally reunited in the 1980s, a lifetime later, after family recognised the artist’s face in a newspaper

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Yiwarra Kuju

Yiwarra Kuju

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route Project exhibition launched at the National Museum of Australia in July 2010. Fifty four artists travelled from remote communities for the opening.

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Wally Dowling

Wally Dowling

Wally Dowling is probably the best-known drover in the Canning Stock Route’s history. He made the first of many trips down the stock route in about 1931

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Boys dance

Boys dance

Billiluna boys dance at Nyarna (Lake Stretch) at the end of the Canning Stock Route bush trip celebration.

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Lake Disappointment

Lake Disappointment

Ngayurnangalku (cannibal beings) live below the surface of the lake in a world lit by its own sun. They block the wind as they move across the lake in search of human prey.

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"I appreciate a painting on my wall if I can connect and feel the emotions, the strength of it."

Louise Mengil, 2009