Artist(s): Miyapu Mary Meribida
Date created: 2008
Art Centre(s): Yulparija Artists
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Artwork Story: This is Punmu Country near Well 33, [west] of the Canning Stock Route. He got a well, this Country, for cattle. This is my Country. We been walk ’em, no clothes, nothing. We proper bush people, no English.
In this painting two waterholes are depicted: Punmu, to the left, and Nyirla, an important ceremonial site, east of the stock route. Between these two waters lies the invisible thread of the Canning Stock Route.
Mary Meribida is the daughter of Rover Thomas’s sister Kupi, who left the desert with Mary and travelled north-west. They eventually settled at Bidyadang on the Kimberley coast.
Artwork copyright: ©2013 Miyapu Mary Meribida
Catalogue ID: MM/209/SS
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use
Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-06-17
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
born about 1930
Yulparija language group
Panaka skin group
[My family were] right there, Kinyu [ Jarntu, Well 35]. Right up near Stock Road. That’s my Country.
Mary’s Country includes Yalta, Punmu and Jarntu. After her father died, and her uncle, Rover Thomas, left Yalta, Mary travelled north-west with her mother, Kupi. In the 1960s they moved to La Grange mission, which became Bidyadanga community. Mary lives there today with her husband, Donald Moko.
Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0078
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.