Jukuja Dolly Snell
Jukuja Dolly Snell - life stories [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Jukuja Dolly Snell gives a brief life story, and also talks about her husband Ngilpirr Spider Snell.
Art centre(s): Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
Language spoken: Kriol, English
Catalogue number: CSROH_229_Jukuja_Dolly_Snell
Transcribed By: Monique La Fontaine
Location Recorded: Fitzroy Crossing
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Notes: This transcript is from fieldnotes written in a notebook by Karen Dayman.
Full transcript: Born at Kurtal – two brothers born first. First brother went from Kurtal to Balgo to Louisa Downs to Kupartiya to Wangkatjungka. Nother one came behind – been pass away right there la [in] Fitzroy [Crossing]. But me last one nyiti [youngest]. Mother been take me right up to Balgo. Pangkupiti. My other look-out me. From Pangkupiti he been take me to Balgo now – keep me there. We been sit down there now. I tell you mother story for Lisa [Uhl]. That mother one my sister, he been pass away right. My full sister from two father. Lawalawa and his brother was father for Lisa’s mother. From there me-pala been go Louisa Down. I been seen him single woman. Ivy Nixon - sister all lived at Louisa Down – no ngamana [breasts] all single. Lawalawa passed away at jila [spring] but Dolly’s mum took her all the way to station. They came in contact with Gooniyandi people and lived with Alex Chestnut who lived at Louisa. From there from Louisa Down we came down Kupartiya [Bohemia Downs]. Working there with my nother sister, kitchen, we been working. From Kupartiya we been go Wangkatjungka. I been get married there. This old man [Spider] been travelling from Wangkatjungka and he been pick em up me from Kupartiya. I wasn’t promised to anyone. [Spider and Dolly fell in love.] Before Wangkatjungka it was called Jilajin. She was in old station. That place belonged to some families. Jilapurru is word for spinifex and there’s a lot of spinifex. We been working all the young girls, cooking bread, working kitchen. They went back to Kupartiya and Bert Lawford told them to muster the goats and take them over to Bohemia Downs – old name Mingkalkala. There were five of them at Mingkalkala. They walked over to Old Bohemia to Mingkalkala. They went for three nights with the goats and then brought them back to Kupartiya. They walked all that way – no kapi [water] – no water in between. There was an old lady there Nelly Timinakali [Tom Lawford’s great grandmother] she came with a horse – mother and her daughter Lily Forrest [who was ‘married’ to station manager Bert Lawford]. Those two ladies brought the water to Dolly and Purlta [Maryanne Downs] and Ivy Nixon and brother for Dolly and Purlta. Dolly was small, Ivy Nixon oldest – her brother next - John Charles, Purlta’s brother, Jimmy Nyanyi, all in the same age group. Dolly was single and went back to Kupartiya looking after goats and when she got back and then she lived with Spider after. When they came back with goats they yarded them up and Spider [Snell] went up to Dolly and said, ‘Come on parnany [wife] we gotta go.’ Her mum went before to Christmas Creek. Bert Lawford was manager of Bohemia Downs. Victor Jones, Christmas Creek manager. Milkin, he was ‘hard man, hard as stone’ That kartiya [white fella] Bert Lawford he been find Spider in a tree. Dolly about spider: ‘I been love ‘em him, he been love ‘em me …’ When Dolly went to Christmas Creek she had her children in the 1960s – one son, one daughter. From there they travelled to Gogo Station. They brought law to Gogo – wakaya [law] – to Gooniyandi people. Later they moved to Junjuwa mission and they became Christians in the 1960s and 1970s. END
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Jukuja Dolly Snell; © FORM, transcript only
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.