Non-Indigenous name: Well 17
Historical name: Killagurra Springs
Place description: Although Canning’s team built a small dam at Jilakurru and equipped it with troughs for cattle, when William Snell began the task of reconditioning the wells in 1929 he found it in ruins. Snell sank a new well about three metres into the solid rock at the entrance to the gorge. It was too narrow for cattle to easily pass through though and regular flooding filled the well with debris, so most drovers preferred to water their cattle at Jilakurru spring.
Jilakurru, which appears on old maps as ‘Killagurra Springs’, is a sacred site. The gorge contains many sacred rock art galleries. Although traditional owners welcome tourists at Jilakurru’s main campground in the adjacent gorge, uninitiated people are not permitted to visit these sensitive sites.
Traditional knowledge: Puluku [bullock] chase my mummy. That puluku there nearly kill him, mummy now, coming towards her. Too big! Billiluna, all a big one [bullock], too big for him, he frightened. Yeah, drovers from Billiluna comin’ across to Wiluna, you know. Puluku [bullocks]. We sit down there and they shoot ’em bullock and give us some. My old man cook that jina [foot], mara [hand], kata [head]. Bullock, you know, whitefella was give us. (Dusty Stevens, 2007)
Native title area: Martu determination
Well data: 1906 quality: Excellent
Current quality of well: Running water from spring
Current quality of water: Fresh running spring
Related art centre(s): Other
Media title: Durba Springs
Media creator: Nicole Ma
Media description: Jilakurru, which appears on old maps as 'Killagurra Springs', is a sacred site. The gorge contains many sensitive rock art galleries and uninitiated people are not permitted to visit these sites. However, traditional owners welcome tourists at Jilakurru's main campground in the adjacent gorge. Birriliburu artists and the project team camped here on the 2007 Canning Stock Route trip.
Media Copyright: FORM
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0089_0001
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.