Non-Indigenous name: Lake Stretch
Traditional knowledge: My father Jimmy James and my mother Jinny James, they both took me [down the Canning Stock Route]. I was small then. They been take me with camel. From this place, Billiluna, we went droving. We were taking goats for the drovers as meat when they were droving cattle. We went straight down on the Canning Stock Route. Past Kaningarra. Long way from there. Camping along the way.
Every night we used to make yards out of wood and big grass for the goats, so they can’t get away, then herded them in for the night. In the mornings we gave them water from the wells and kept on going. Me, they put me in a box on a camel. I was only a little girl then. We were having dinner somewhere and these kartiyas [white people] came, all the camel man. I got scared from seeing those camels. My mum said, ‘Look out manga [girl], camels are coming!’ I ran. I didn’t see that goanna hole. I tripped over and broke my leg. That mob that came with the camels had a nurse with them too. They put two sticks on my broken leg and then wrapped it with bandage. It was broken. They put that on me…
Then we had to come back from there, from half way, because those kartiyas told us to take the goats back to Nyarna [Lake Stretch]. We came back from there with those goats. Right back to here, Nyarna. (Mayarn Julia Lawford, 2007)
Related art centre(s): Other
Media title: Tom at Lake Stretch
Media creator: Tim Acker
Media description: Putuparri Tom Lawford at Nyarna (Lake Stretch)
Media Copyright: FORM
Accession ID: FORM_MIRA_B0088_0036
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.