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Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi

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.

Men painting at Kilykily

Men sitting beside a well trough and painting at the Kilykily painting workshop. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 11:15:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Clifford Brooks, Pija Peter Tinker, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Putuparri Tom Lawford
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists, Martumili Artists, Warlayirti Artists, Birriliburu Artists, Tjukurba Gallery

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0079

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.

Men painting at Kilykily

Men painting at the Kilykily painting workshop. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 11:04:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Jeffrey James
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists, Martumili Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0076

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.

Men painting at Kilykily

Men painting at the Kilykily painting workshop. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 11:03:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Jeffrey James, Putuparri Tom Lawford, Clifford Brooks
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists, Martumili Artists, Warlayirti Artists, Birriliburu Artists, Tjukurba Gallery

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_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.

Blank Canvases

Artists sitting beside canvases laid out for the painting workshop at Kilykily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 10:20:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Elizabeth Nyumi, Mayapu Elsie Thomas, Taku Rosie Tarco, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Jakayu Biljabu, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Wuntupayi Jane Gimme, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Karen Dayman
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0054

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.

Blank Canvases

Canvases laid out for the painting workshop at Kilykily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 10:18:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Gabrielle Sullivan, Taku Rosie Tarco, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Jakayu Biljabu, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Wuntupayi Jane Gimme, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Carly Davenport
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0053

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.

Blank Canvases

Canvases laid out for the painting workshop at Kilykily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 10:18:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Gabrielle Sullivan, Taku Rosie Tarco, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Jakayu Biljabu, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Wuntupayi Jane Gimme
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0052

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.

Gathering for a meeting

Artists and participants gather for a meeting on the first day of the painting workshop at KilyKily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 7:22:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Sue Davenport, Peter Johnson, Patrick Alututi (Olodoodi) Tjungurrayi, Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari) Tjakamarra, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Miriam Napanagka, Muni Rita Simpson, Pija Peter Tinker, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Janice Yuwali Nixon
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0013

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.

Gathering for a meeting

Artists and participants gather for a meeting on the first day of the painting workshop at KilyKily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 7:20:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Jeffrey James, Carly Davenport, Frank Lane, Tim Acker, Putuparri Tom Lawford, Mantararr Rosie Williams, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs , Sue Davenport, Peter Johnson, Patrick Olodoodi (Alututi) Tjungarrayi, Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari) Tjakamarra, Carly Davenport, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Janice Yuwali Nixon, Gabrielle Sullivan, Hayley Atkins, Mayapu Elsie Thomas, Mantyil May Brooks, Dadda Samson
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0012

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.

Gathering for a meeting

Artists and participants gather for a meeting on the first day of the painting workshop at KilyKily. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007 7:25:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Richard Yugumbari (Yukenbarri) Tjakamarra, Pija Peter Tinker, Jakayu Biljabu, Wuntupayi Jane Gimme, Eubena (Yupinya) Nampitjin, Muni Rita Simpson, Elizabeth Nyumi, Taku Rosie Tarco, Yuwali Janice Nixon, Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Nada Rawlins, Nankatji Josephine Nangala
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Papunya Tula Artists, Warlayirti Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 2007
Accession ID: 20131213_FORM_MIRA_B0004_0015

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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