Mantararr Rosie Williams, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson
Mantararr Rosie Williams, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson - Minyipuru [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Mantararr Rosie Williams, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson tell the Jukurrpa story of their collaborative painting of the Minyipuru story.
Art centre(s): Martumili Artists
Language spoken: Manyjilyjarra
Catalogue number: CSROH_151_Rosie_Williams_Dulcie Gibbs_Rita Simpson
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Verbal Consent
Notes: This is part of the painting story for the three sisters’ collaborative Minyipuru canvas; it is only a partial transcription of the video in interviews with added description from the video and information derived from other conversations. It is unclear who is speaking in the quoted sections of this transcript.
Full transcript: Painting 55: Minyipuru
This painting shows the waterholes related to the Jukurrpa story for Jalpulupulu, the Seven Sisters. The three artists are sisters and have many stories about these waterholes. Dulcie’s father lived around Kunawarratji (one of the waterholes depicted) with three or four wives.
The Dreamtime story of the Jalpulupulu starts at Nyilpirr where the Seven Sisters were all living. The youngest sister was being pursued by an old man who already had two wives. He chased the sisters all the way to Pankapirni, (where Rita, Rosie and Dulcie painted this canvas). At Pankapirni the Jalpulupulu climbed up a tree and told the old man to get them some wood. The old man made a ladder out of the wood and tried to reach them but when he climbed up they pushed the ladder over. ‘He had a rough time, poor old fella.’ The Seven Sisters just laughed at him and flew away.
The youngest sister wanted the old man too, so the older sisters let her go to him. But they tricked him; when he fell asleep they took her back and flew all the way to Malapinti near Kiwirrkurra without stopping. The Seven Sisters began their travels all the way from Roebourne side. ‘From that rock that stands up in the sea. That old man was following from there, right up to here.’
Video format: DVD/miniDV/QuickTime movie
Video recording: 7 IV - Well 36
Source: CSROH_151_Rosie_Williams_Dulcie Gibbs_Rita Simpson
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Mantararr Rosie Williams, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson; © 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.