Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday
Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday - Barrumundi Dreaming [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday gives a brief description of Barrumundi Dreaming, the Kiki story, and Kiji Country.
Art centre(s): Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
Language spoken: English, Walmajarri
Catalogue number: CSROH_161A_Kurpaliny_Bessie_Doonday
Location Recorded: Mulan
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Notes: Bessie and her daughter May Stundi (Doonday) explained that this story contains Traditional Knowledge that Raymond Chungulla has the rights to speak for. It is unclear in this transcript what is paraphrased and what is direct quotation.
Full transcript: Barramundi dreaming is Kumirrki’s dreaming. Pirnang pirnang – all the sisters’ Dreaming for barramundi. Kumirrki is mother for Tiger – is also Granny for Bessie and Megan and Lulu, Leonard and Pyes. Kumirrki died at Sturt Creek and Evelyn Clancy’s husband found her there. Ned Cox – Kiki story, Kiki was Ned’s grandfather. The story of the two dingos chasing the emu at Paruku comes from Mangkayi. The white dingo travelled from there. Two dogs been meet ‘emself at Wirriyarra [Well 51].
All the men’s stories were Bessie’s fathers. He passed them on to Bessie’s husband Bill Doonday. Kiji [bone] Country. Snake been eating all the people near Tarngku because they didn’t give the willy wagtail any presents at law time. Evelyn’s husband’s mother used to hide him from drovers – they might take him. Kurliny [wild] Jack family – those cheeky two murderers – Penny K-Lyons husband.
Video format: on miniDVD/DVD
Video recording: 151 MONA CHUGUNA, NORA TJOOKOOTJA, BESSIE, MAY AND BILL DOONDAY
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: ; © 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.