Name: Yanpiyarti Ned Cox
Yanpiyarti Ned Cox and Tom Lawford - Kiki Jukurrpa story [ORAL HISTORY]
Other Speaker/s: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Synopsis: Ned Cox and Tom Lawford tell the story of the Jukurrpa ancestor Kiki.
Language spoken: Walmajarri, English, Kriol
Catalogue number: CSROH_178_Yanpiyarti_Ned_Cox
Interviewed By: Monique La Fontaine
Translated By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Location Recorded: Ngumpan
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Notes: This story was filmed with Putuparri Tom Lawford translating Ned Cox’s story in English for the camera.
Full transcript: Ned Cox [Tom Lawford translates as he speaks]: Kiki from the Dreamtime, Kiki was coming from the sky looking for a place to live, to stay, he was coming down, came down near Lake Gregory. He came down there, went down, went in the water and then he came out of the water when he was feeling hungry. Then he made all these plants to eat, feed, to eat, put them round everywhere, all kind of feeds, all different feeds for him to eat. He even put that feed for the people to eat too, but he put them feed there for him. If he felt hungry after travelling a long way from different places, he made all the plants, the plants grow. Some plants you can grind to make flour, the seeds you can make feed out of it. Some little grapes or something, what kind of feed …
Monique La Fontaine: Berries?
[Tom Lawford confers with Ned Cox in language.]
Unknown Woman: You can use blackfella name for plants, it’s good.
NC: This Kiki made all this feed and he put all them frogs, frogs that people eat, they dig into the sand, they dig em out, dig long way down to get one of those frog … [XX] … all kind of animals, bandicoots, blue tongue lizards, animals, that live out there now, or used to live out there. Lot of them are gone now, extinct, feed out there, what we still eat today from that old fella he made all the animals and plants for him to eat and for the people too, so the people can get a feed.
TL: And that other story he talked about is pearl shell, how pearl shell …
Male Interviewer: There’s another, another, just one moment please …
NC: Ready. Kiki had this stone in Dreamtime, he got a stone, it was white, stone, and he tried to hide it in the lake, that big lake now [Paruku, Lake Gregory], tried to hide it, that stone, inside the water but kept on coming up, floating up, kept on coming up. Trying to hide it somewhere, he still keep on coming up, floating up, you know, he put it down and walked away and it would come up again, then this other fella, other fella come along, other fella come along and found that thing floating in the water and took it, picked it up, took it, and he took it to Broome and chucked it, chucked it in the sea, in the ocean, and from there turned into pearl shell, that’s why we got too many pearl shells in the ocean, it started from Lake Gregory because it didn’t want to hide.
Dreamtime animal, man then, called bandicoot, bandicoot man, he took that [pearl shell], he stole it and he threw it in the ocean near Broome somewhere, and that’s why Broome is rich with pearls, and rest of the story, pearl come from Lake Gregory they kept floating up from the water and this other fella took it, threw in the ocean, that’s why they get pearls from Broome, they took it from here. That’s it.
Male Interviewer: That’s the story, let me just take some pictures of you two listening to …
[Ned Cox asks Tom Lawford to explain more about the mungari [medicine] too]
TL: All them feed, all them tucker that he put out for people, like for healing some, some healing stuff too, you get coldsick used for different plants for different ailments. You know if people got sores use different plant that’s why the old fella he made all that happen for the people.
Male Interviewer: Okay, now just watch Ned.
Video recording: Ngumpan Workshop 2008- Ned Cox, Parak, Nada Rawlins, Last Night, Dancing
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Yanpiyarti Ned Cox; © 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.