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Kumpaya Girgaba

Women at Kunkun

Artists Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba and Nyangapa Nora Nangapa in front of the Kunkun windmill. Martumili artists painting and weaving workshop at Kunawarritji (Well 33) and Kunkun, April 2008.

Date created: 4/18/2008
Photographer: Morika Biljabu
Location: Kunkun, near Well 33
Latitude/Longitude: -22.3418/124.7752

People: Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba, Nyangapa Nora Nangapa
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, CSR Project

Copyright: Morika Biljabu
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: Morika Favourites
Accession ID: 20130925_FORM_MIRA_B0032_0077

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.

Kunawarritji workshop, 2008

Location: Kunawarritji, Well 33

Date: 2008

Event Description: In April 2008 a big mob of Martumili artists travelled out to Kunawarritji (Well 33) and Kunkun for a week long series of painting and weaving workshops. Celebrated fibre artist Nalda Searles facilitated the weaving workshops, and some of the paintings produced at Kunawarritji are now considered 'hero' works in the National Museum of Australia's Canning Stock Route collection. Martu photographer Morika Biljabu documented these workshops and a number of her images were published in the Weekend Australian Magazine in the feature article 'On the Whitefellas Road' by Victoria Laurie.

People: Morika Biljabu, Victoria Laurie, Kumpaya Girgaba, Ngamaru Bidu, Mabel Warkarta, Nola Taylor, Thelma Judson, Marjorie Yates, Dulcie Gibbs, Yuwali Janice Nixon, Rosie Williams, Nora Nangapa, Bugai Whylouter, Nora Wompi, Jakayu Biljabu, Sarah Brooks, Noreena Kadibil, Yikartu Bunba, Lily Long, Renette Biljabu, Dadda Samson

Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists

Media Description: This photo was taken on a trip to Kunkun during which senior women performed songs and dances relating to this important women's site. A number of young boys also performed a boys' dance at Kunkun, preceding the women's dance and were sent away before they began.

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, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

The Martu and Len Beadell

Story:In November 1963 Len Beadell was surveying a testing range for an intercontinental ballistic missile called the Blue Streak. The range would stretch from Woomera in South Australia to the Percival Lakes, west of Well 40. By the time the Blue Streak was tested for use as a satellite-launcher in 1964, Len Beadell had bulldozed 6500 kilometres of road to establish instrument stations along its likely trajectory.

On one of these roads Beadell encountered some of the artists in this project. They were among the last Martu still living in the desert. For them, the sight of Beadell’s bulldozers and graders churning up the Country evoked a frightening scene.

'I heard a noise. I thought it was an aeroplane, but then I realised that the noise was coming slowly up the creek. I looked around and saw a gigantic moving rock coming up, removing trees and rocks.' (Jakayu Biljabu, 2008)


'We were heading towards the Canning Stock Route when we saw the whitefellas coming, building the road. Us kids all ran away … Old man Pilapu [Jakayu Biljabu’s husband] stopped and got ready to kill the whitefellas with his maparn [invisible power]. The whitefellas were waving in a friendly way and we all called out to old man Pilapu, "Stop! Stop! Don’t do it!" Jakayu and her husband started to walk towards the whitefellas. Everyone else followed behind them, starting to walk slowly.' (Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu, 2008)

'That whitefella had fruit, flour and tucker. He gave all the little kids fruit: apple, orange, tomato, plum, a whole sheep. The kids made the biggest fire for the fruit and cooked it.' (Kumpaya Girgaba, 2008)

'All the food was wasted. And somebody told them, "You gotta eat the oranges and apples raw, only the onion and the potato should be cooked". We cooked it all until there was nothing left! But now we know.' (Jakayu Biljabu, 2008)

Media Creator:Tim Acker

Media date: 2009

Media Description:Portrait of Martumili artist Jakayu Biljabu.

Story contributor(s):Jakayu Biljabu, Kumpaya Girgaba, Ngamayu Ngamaru Bidu

Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists
Publisher: FORM
Media copyright: FORM
Accession ID:20131024_FORM_MIRA_B0097_0013

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.

Video Title: Living in the desert

Video Description: This film by Morika Biljabu tracks the Kunawarritji community. Elders and children are shown weaving baskets, painting, and dancing. Artists Nyangapa Nora Nangapa, Kumpaya Girgaba and Ngarnjapayi Nancy Chapman talk about their family's Country, their travels through Country, and their first experiences with kartiya.

Date created: 2009
People: Nyangapa Nora Nangapa, Kumpaya Girgaba, Ngarnjapayi Nancy Chapman, Hayley Atkins
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, CSR Project

Director: Morika Biljabu
Editor: Chris Mylrea
Camera: Morika Biljabu
Sound: Music by Punmu Lakeside Band
Translator: Morika Biljabu, Nola Taylor
Executive Producer: FORM

Rights: © Morika Biljabu
Clip length:0:06:34
Protocols:PUBLIC ACCESS
Format: Video
Category: Video
Accession ID: 20131017_FORM_MIRA_B0056_0001

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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