Artist(s): Ngumarnu Norma Giles
Date created: 2008
Art Centre(s): Kayili Artists
Medium: acrylic on linen
Artwork Story: Norma has painted some of the rockholes that her grandfathers (tjamu) and grandsons (kapali) travelled to, kapitu kapitu (rockhole to rockhole), hunting and gathering. These rockholes include Patjarr, Wirtut, Kurrpulu, Kunungurra, Pandaltjarra, Kalipi, Yalata, Tika Tika, Kulkardartja and Talila. The U shapes in the painting represent two wati (men) sitting at their shelter. The oblong shape in between the two men is the wiltja (“cubby home” or bush shelter).
Artwork copyright: ©2013 Ngumarnu Norma Giles
Catalogue ID: NG/202/KA
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use
Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-05-25
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
born about 1952
Manyjilyjarra language group
Nakamarra skin group
We lived in the bush. At that time we didn’t have any clothes. When we were children we used to live off the meat that our fathers and mothers killed … We grew up on all that food from the land. We lived oblivious to [the] white man and his world.
Norma grew up in the bush at Patjarr before moving to Warburton and marrying Mr Giles. She and her family were instrumental in establishing Patjarr community in their homelands.
Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0072
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.