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Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi

Camels and Poison

Story:Papunya Tula artist Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi recalled that while camping at Kukapanyu as a young man he came across the tracks of a drover’s camel. Sharpening his spear, he fitted it with barbs and followed the tracks. He found the camel near Wajaparni (Well 38) and speared it. Then he cut the meat into pieces with a stone knife and prepared it for cooking.

Walapayi cooked the meat and took some steaks to the camp of relatives nearby. Then he brought them back to where the camel had been cooked.

'So everybody had a share of meat. I grabbed myself a shoulder blade and the rest was for the others.'

After they’d feasted, his relatives kept travelling east. Walapayi and his nephew headed west towards the Canning Stock Route, in search of more camels.

Instead of camels, Walapayi and his nephew found the tracks of white men, horses and bullocks. They also found a can of tinned meat. After eating it, Walapayi’s nephew became deathly ill. The two men were convinced the meat had been deliberately poisoned.

'He felt so funny and he was shaking like he was cold and even his voice sounded funny. He couldn’t speak properly, he was lying down mumbling. He was feeling helpless. He couldn’t move so I start fixing him up with maparn [healing power]. I did all that work on him and then I made a big fire and left him, ’cos he was feeling cold.' (Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, 2007)

The next day Walapayi went hunting. As the meat was cooking.

'I heard a noise, from nowhere, going: "BOOOYI! BOOOYI! Here I am!" And I said to myself, "It’s a ghost coming! I left that man back there dead, poisoned. He’s come back alive as a ghost! He’s going to spear me!" I said to him, "There’s some meat in there, you can have the other half". So he went and got the leg, the ghost did.

And I asked him, "Are you alright?" And he answered me, "I’m OK. I’m really good and better". So he wasn’t a ghost. So we started to go together walking. So we walked all the way to Lurlur and I told all the men what happened. They thought I was alright, but I was really sick from eating that poison. It was law time and I couldn’t go next to the ladies because I was on my business. But the other bloke went and told the ladies: "We’ve eaten poison. I was dead. But my uncle Walapayi fixed me". Then all the men start singing to bring me out. Corroboree.' (Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, 2007)

According to Martumili artist Jeffrey James, boss drover Wally Dowling held his stockman, Ben Taylor, responsible for laying dingo baits on the stock route that led to the poisoning of Aboriginal people. Desert people believed that the baits had been deliberately laid in retaliation for their having hunted working camels.

'They were chucking poison baits on this Canning [Stock Route]. So this youngfella here, Walapayi, he pick up the meat, poison bait. Soon as [head drover] Wally Dowling hear that people nearly died, he kicked Ben Taylor out for a while: ‘Never do that. Never!’ He used to chuck poison to the people, you know. Well, Walapayi pick up the bait anyway, and he nearly died.' (Jeffrey James, 2007)



Media Creator:Clifford Brooks

Media date: 2007
Story Location: Wajaparni (Well 38)
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Media Description:Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi heals a patient with his maparn at Well 36.

Story contributor(s):Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Jeffrey James

Art Centre(s): CSR Project
Publisher: FORM
Media copyright: Clifford Brooks
Source: CSROH_12_Charlie Wallabi_Walapayi_Tjungurrayi
Accession ID:20131024_FORM_MIRA_B0046_0003

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.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.

Natawalu: the Helicopter Story

Story:Many of the people from the Western Desert followed the stock route out of the desert once the drovers began moving through the Country. Following the stock route to find things beyond the desert, many people settled in cattle stations or missions.

However, in 1957 'Helicopter' Tjungurrayi left the desert in a very different way. As a child he was seriously ill when a mining survey party landed their helicopter near his community near Natawalu. His mother’s sister Kupunyina (Kumpaya Girgaba’s mother) was also suffering from an ulcerated spear wound. Knowing about the mission at Balgo their relatives encouraged the survey crew to take them for medical attention.The kartiya [white people] flew him Balgo to get medical attention. When he failed to return his family travelled north in groups to find him.
 
First Walapayi then Brandy walked north to Balgo. Both eventually returned south, following the stock route wells, to bring their relatives back with them to the mission. Helicopter Tjungurrayi has been known by this name for so long, he can no longer remember what he was called before.

'My young brother [Helicopter] was so sick; he had sores everywhere and he was helpless, a little boy. I grabbed my little brother and showed them. So kartiya [white people] looked at his sores and said, "OK, we’ll take him", because he was so sick. So I asked the kartiya, "Are you going to bring him back?" He was speaking his language and I was speaking my language. I kept on saying, "Are you going to bring him back?" I waited, waited, waited for long and I wondered, "They’re not bringing him back!" Nothing. It was getting a bit longer, and I said to myself, I think I’ll go after him north. From there I kept walking right, long way, all the way to Balgo.' (Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, 2007)

Media Creator:Nicole Ma

Media date: 2010
Story Location: Natawalu (Well 40)
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Media Description:Josephine Nangala recounts the first time she saw a helicopter, and the story of Helicopter Joey Tjungarrayi being taken by helicopter to Balgo for medicine.

Story contributor(s): John Carty, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Josephine Nangala

Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists
Publisher: FORM
Media copyright: FORM
Accession ID:20131024_FORM_MIRA_B0046_0004

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.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.

Wallabi beside his painting, Nyaru

Wallabi beside his painting, Nyaru, at the Kilykily painting workshop. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 14:46:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0089

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.

Wallabi beside his painting, Nyaru

Wallabi beside his painting, Nyaru, at the Kilykily painting workshop. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 14:46:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0090

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.

Nyaru

Nyaru' - Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi. Catalogue Reference: CW/13/PT. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/3/2007
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 07
Accession ID: 20131213_B0005_0067

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.

People looking at the paintings laid out at Lake Stretch

People looking at the artworks displayed at the Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date: 8/16/2007 16:04:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

People: Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Bill Doonday, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Jamiya Chamia Samuels, Ngarralja Tommy May, Wijiji Anna Johns, Ngilpirr Spider Snell
Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0011_0069

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.

People beside the paintings laid out at Lake Stretch

People beside the artworks displayed at the Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date: 8/16/2007 16:08:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

People: Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Bill Doonday, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Jamiya Chamia Samuels, Ngarralja Tommy May, Wijiji Anna Johns, Ngilpirr Spider Snell, Monique La Fontaine, WWuntupayi Jane Gimme
Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0011_0075

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.

Artworks displayed at Nyarna, Lake Stretch

Artworks displayed at Nyarna, Lake Stretch. Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date: 8/16/2007 16:19:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

People: Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Tanja Lyn Manson, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Wally, Monique
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0011_0092

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.

People beside the paintings laid out at Lake Stretch

Peoplebeside the artworks displayed at the Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date: 8/16/2007 16:06:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

People: Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Bill Doonday, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Jamiya Chamia Samuels, Ngarralja Tommy May, Wijiji Anna Johns, Ngilpirr Spider Snell, Monique La Fontaine, WWuntupayi Jane Gimme
Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0011_0074

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.

The group being filmed at Nyarna

A crew films people sitting and standing beside the paintings on display at the Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date: 8/16/2007 16:19:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

People: Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Tanja Lyn Manson, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Wally Caruana
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0011_0091

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.

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