Hayley Atkins - favourite painting, history of the Canning Stock Route [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Hayley Atkins talks about Patrick Tjungurrayi's paintings and his story for travelling through that country.
Art centre(s): Martumili Artists
Language spoken: English
Catalogue number: CSROH_186_Hayley_Atkins
Location Recorded: National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Full transcript: [Hayley talks about Patrick's painting. Holds it up]
Hayley Atkins: This painting belong to Patrick Olodoodi and … where he from? This Patrick Olodoodi’s painting and he painted all the wells from Well 33 to Well 51, his story about his journey on the Canning Stock Route and the story is of when he was travelling and all the camps … all the people, where they was all camping and he walked past through there, visiting all the families. And, how he seen the place with … the place was alive and the people were alive, before white people made a well, the Canning Stock Route. And how he was telling the story the people was happy and alive and just doing their own thing, like travelling, visiting families, everywhere and they was all connected through the area through Canning Stock Route. And meeting up with different language group and meeting up for ceremony and when the Canning Stock Route, they made through there, how it all separated all the people and a lot of killing and massacre was happening and … the cave he was talking about where he was, but actually he wasn’t there, he went on his journey to Well 50 and around somewhere Well 40 there was a lot of killing, like a lot of people been dying, and he went there and seen a lot of people was dead and seen no life was there, looking at all the people and … so he travelled back ‘cause all the people was dead and he said a story on the trip, we’ve got a video camera of him, how he said it. So that’s his story, how he seen the Canning Stock Route. So he travelled right back to Unduwa [?], just walking a long way.
Video format: DVD/MiniDV/Quicktime movie
Video recording: Tape 46
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Hayley Atkins; © 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.