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Gabrielle Sullivan

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.

Kilykily

Non-Indigenous name: Well 36

Traditional knowledge: Well 36 is where I learnt how to paint with the old people. These old people was just painting and [telling] a lot of stories I didn’t know, like the background of the bushman days. I didn’t know that my dad and mum, my grandparents, they come from the bush as well. So all these stories was just coming and I was just getting excited to know… We were sleeping at Well 36 and I painted the Seven Sisters in the sky, like stars. (Hayley Atkins, 2009)

Those words ‘ngajukuru ngurrara minyarti’ [‘this one is my Country’], you can’t say that really. I have to talk about my grandparents first and then my parents. It was their Country first, before it was my Country. It’s no good that I say that it’s just my Country. It’s my Country from my grandparents and my mummy and daddy. We have to think about the behind people first. (Ngarralja Tommy May, 1994)

Native title area: Martu determination
Well data: 1906 quality: First class

1906 total depth (m): 6

Current total depth (m): 5

Current quality of well: Disrepair

Current quality of water: Excellent, clear, no smell. Drinking quality. Treat before consumption

Current depth to water: 1

Current depth of water: 4

Total dissolved salts (ppm): 880

PH level: 7.5

PH level date: 2007
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Related art centre(s): Other

Media title: Artists at Kilykily (Well 36)
Media creator: Gabrielle Sullivan
Date: 2007

Media description: Ngurra artist Mayapu Elsie Thomas and Martumili artists Jatarr Lily Long and Dadda Samson at Kilykily (Well 36) on the Canning Stock Route 'return to Country' trip, 2007.
Media Copyright: Martumili Artists
Format: Image
Accession ID: FORM_MIRA_B0088_0026

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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