Kumpaya Girgaba - painting Country and stories [ORAL HISTORY]Other Speaker/s: Ngalangka Nola Taylor
Synopsis: Kumpaya Girgaba talks about her Country, and how important painting is in keeping the stories alive.
Art centre(s): Martumili Artists
Language spoken: Martu Wangka, English
Catalogue number: CSROH_280_Kumpaya_Girgaba
Transcribed By: Kathleen Sorenson
Translated By: Kathleen Sorenson
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Full transcript: 00.05: [Kumpaya Girgaba] Canning Stock Route is my Country.
[Ngalangka Nola Taylor] Next generation will see it.
They gonna have a look. People, old men and everybody else, even what I pass on.
So what I pass on everybody else can still watch it.
00.27: [Kumpaya talking about the painting behind her] Big things in the paintings so everyone can see. Whitefella, everybody.
00.58: [Kumpaya] You gotta have a look at my Country. Alright. That’s the story, Jukurrpa [Dreaming]. That is the story I got. That’s all my Country. My Country is Canning Stock Route. That’s alright.
01.53: [Kumpaya] Ngurra Martumili. Martu passed away in Wiluna, Martu passed away in Fitzroy, Martu passed away in Balgo. Everywhere. He stop Canning Stock Route Country. And in Jigalong other people passed away. That’s all. It’s a big thing this one. This one big one too.
02.38: [Kumpaya] We make the paintings of Country, stories for family, men, old people, grandson, grandfather, daughters and sons, everything, brother, all family.
03.20: [Nola translates] Back in the old days used to draw pictures, stories in the sand with fingertips.
Wangka is storytelling – like a drawing, putting something on the canvas. Painting it, but old people used to tell stories on the sand, with fingertips. Even the kids could sit around and play, telling stories.
03.40: They draw it in the sand like they do on a canvas. Doing water holes, this and that. They still do sand drawing, now days in some parts. When you are sitting around a fire or sitting just under the tree.
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Kumpaya Girgaba; © 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.