Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu
Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu - 'Two Birds' painting story [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu tells a Dreamtime story of a man and a woman who changed into birds and flew away when they found a rockhole was dry.
Art centre(s): Martumili Artists
Language spoken: Martu Wangka
Catalogue number: CSROH_284_Ngamayu_Ngamaru_Bidu
Transcribed By: Ngalangka Nola Taylor
Translated By: Ngalangka Nola Taylor
Location Recorded: Kunawarritji (Well 33)
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Verbal Consent
Full transcript: [‘Two Birds’ painting story]
[Brown, many footprints, centred on a tiny brown waterhole]
Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu: The footprints tell the story of a man and a woman, walking back and forth across the same Country, searching for water. The tiny brown rockhole in the centre is Jarturti, and it is small and brown because it contains no water. The man and the woman searched and searched for water but found nothing. Finally, they changed into two birds and flew away.
[Audio File: T351: this recording may relate to the above painting]
This is a well called Martilirri. And around there is also Kalypa and Kartarru, in the middle. And in summertime we could stop in those places because they have permanent water. After the rain we could move back to our homeland because the rockholes and soaks would all be filled again. And we walked around there, and we got the third sister, Ivy. Ivy [Karlkapa] was born in Martilirri. They used to walk around that area, going northwest side of CSR and back out to the east, up and down, back to our homeland, back to our own yinta. And the other two got big enough to hunt small animals [small lizards]. This is Jarturti, country for the Williams family. My uncle’s Country is around Markurti. Kurlku. Can’t remember the name of that soak. Marlukujarra rockhole. And the footprints are a Dreamtime of a man looking for a water, wanti and a man travelling together and flying. When they checked it there was no water around that rockhole, and when there was no water they flew.
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu; © 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.