Name: Jarran Jan Billycan
Jarran Jan Billycan - her Country, jila, and escaping a bullock [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Yulparija mob came from bush Country and walked all around desert, now living in Bidyadanga. Jarran belongs to Kiriwirri, her jila.
They were walking up to Sandfire, got picked up in truck.
She saw bullocks on the Canning Stock Route and climbed a tree to escape the bullock because she was scared.
Art centre(s): Yulparija Artists
Language spoken: Yulparija, Kriol
Catalogue number: CSROH_45_Jarran_Jan_Billycan
Interviewed By: 2007-08-01
Transcribed By: Martina Badal
Translated By: Martina Badal
Location Described: Bidyadanga
Location Recorded: Bidyadanga
Cultural Protocols: PUBLIC ACCESS - RESTRICTIONS ON USE
Notes: A second person occasionally speaks, but is unidentifiable. This transcript contains corrections and additional information given by Jan Billycan on 29/03/2009.
Jan Billycan: [OnYulparija mob] They came from bush Country, desert Country down, they walked all around jila, desert, this side of Wiluna, you know that one. We all went, big mob family. Now we in Bidyadanga, they built a house and now we are living in Bidyadanga. We been sit down here.
All around house ... just like cubby house ... all around house, all around, yawi [poor thing] ... door, door here, fences. Hospital here. All around ... here. Old people here. Another lot there that side, all around, all around here. I been come bush. I belong to Kiriwirri, I belong to Kiriwirri, my jila, bush, desert Country. We left our boys down there somewhere. After that Japulu [XX- Father- McKelson?] been get us. This place with a truck Japulu been get us, pick em up with a big truck.
John Carty: Which side you been born?
JB: We been put em koolta [school] for the kids.
JC: Where you been born?
JB: I been born desert ... desert Dountry. We been leave my kids behind and my husband been bring em. My husband been bring em here. He been pass away my husband … and two fellas been come behind. We sit down here now. Finish. We can’t come back bush.
JC: Which Country you been walking around when you little girl? Where you been walk?
JB: Kiriwirri mine one, Kiriwirri mine jila ... I been born there. And this one Yukuyi country this two fella. Kiriwirri Country mine. Everybody belong you know. Kids been born there, right there. Kiriwirri mine Country. Kiriwirri jila. You know round one? Right there. I belong to Kiriwirri country, my one.
JC: Is Kiriwirri Country this side?
JB: Yeah yeah ... you’re right there now ... this side. Jakalala. [XX- Nyangumarta country] Jakalala you know, big one stone you know, That one he been clean. He been sit down, they been sit down Jakalalangka, two days. He been go this way now. He got stone, big one, Jakalala. You know that big one? He got water here. Right there. He standing up, this-kind, stone. At two water.
JC: And which way you been travelling? When you been come this way? Which way you been travelling?
JB: This side, straight fella. [Coming down straight to Sandfire]. Japulu been get us. Japulu been get em napingka [the ones left behind]. One place. They been this side. Japulu been pickem up. Bushmen, you know. Another one Japulu from Broome. Bush people, he been pickem up. Big truck ... big one! You remember we been put them jijirti koolja [school kids], right there, Bidyadanga.
JC: When you been travelling around..when you been little girl, did you see them bulluman [bullock]?
JB: [Moos] Yes, I been see them in this place, Wiluna this side. The boys been tak em bullock. [Moos] ... they been takem bullock, bush [moos]. He been running and I been climb up the tree.
JC: You been frightened?
JB: Yeah, I been climb up. Moo, moo! Round and round he been go that way, round. Might be he been see me and I been climb up … fast one. He been go around first, that side. He been round here.
JC: You never seen them before … ?
JB: Yeah, I never did, I never seen big one bullock you know. Moo! Moo, moo! I been climb right up on top tree. My dog been there, that side, mind them for me.
JC: Underneath that tree?
JB: Yeah, he been doing that, underneath that tree. [Splutters with Laughter] He been round them up ... wait, wait wait, what time, finish him, he been go round and round. He been look around for me. He been look around for me, he never see me, on top of tree. I been frightened ... on top. Standing up there on top, bulluman [bullock] go round and round, big one, looking around for me. Bullock from desert. He been take em bushman desert, Wiluna nguru [from] ... Otherside not this side. Sit down right in the middle.
JC: What did you think when you first been see that bullock? What did you think he was?
JB: Bullock been come. He been come around from this way, moo!
JC: Did you taste em kuyu [meat]?
JB: They been have one bullock from ... he never give us ... he been give em all nother lot to old people ... not me ... I never had fresh one bulluck. [Laughs] I been have em now.
Big mob old people been sit down, they been give it to me now, bullock, yeah, I been have em. Finish. Make me pull up. [Laughs] Long way, long way, you know, from Country, desert Country look. Whole lot this one, whole lot.
They asked me where I come from ... I been tell them long way Country, you fella got to go there now, I been put em right way. Yaku [brother in law] I been put em koolja [school] innit [isn’t it]? I been working here.
JC: When you been come this way, Bidyadanga, your family behind, did they go another way?
JB: Yeah, you right ... I been come here and stop in one place now. Yulparija side. We are all stopping here now ... No more come back desert.
JC: How come your family come this way. What for?
JB: Right place
JC: Old man said no people left
JB: No people, nothing.
[Old man in language: no people, all gone that way look, Yapurta, [south] We been looking for that people ... nothing!]
JB: Kiriwirri, Kunta, they gone to three jila – and Yukarri. Bidyadanga, Broome, us mob. Finish. I’m here now, that’s all. Yeah, Palya wangka [That’s a good story].
Rights: © Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Jarran Jan Billycan; © FORM, transcript only
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.