Murungkurr Terry Murray
Murungkurr Terry Murray - curating for Canning Stock Route Project [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Murungkurr Terry Murray talks about being an emerging curator for the Canning Stock Route Project.
Art centre(s): Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
Language spoken: English
Catalogue number: CSROH_195_Murungkurr_Terry_Murray
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Full transcript: [What's your name? Skin group? Where are you from?]
Murungkurr Terry Murray: I’m Terry Murray, I’m from Fitzroy and my skin name is Jangala and I’m a Walmajarri. And my tribe is from the Great Sandy Desert. And … yeah.
[Talking about the CSR project]
TM: Yeah, I’ve been working on this project for FORM at the start of last year, September last year and we doing this young emerging curator course with FORM and trying to, trying to … I’m the young curator that I’m choosing all these different works of art that are from this seven different desert, from the Western Desert. Like from Wiluna right up to Billiluna, and it goes through …
[Did you go into the desert?]
TM: I didn’t go down the Canning Stock Route but I’ve been in the Great Sandy Desert, where my family from. But I was really interested in going on this trip but, yeah, too much work on to do back home.
[Talking about Tom Lawford and the CSR project?]
TM: And, yeah, I’ve been working closely with Tom Lawford. He’s one of our next T.O.’s – traditional owners, leaders. And yeah, we working together and … yeah he’s one of the top blokes. Oh in, professional development and what he do in his own time. He’s one of them traditional owners in the Fitzroy Crossing area. Yeah, but we’re working on this project through FORM, it’s the Canning Stock Route Project, it’s showing the history to the wider australia and all these other European countries throughout the world, where our people from the five different deserts … the five different deserts… the four different deserts in the Western Australia deserts.
[What about a little bit about yourself?]
TM: Well I work at a school in Fitzroy Crossing, district high school. I’m the youth support working, I go and try to bring kids to school and try to get a better education, and yeah, I like doing … yeah I’ve got a family of my own and I like to go hunting and fishing and, yeah. And I’m an artist as well, I do my own art. I’ve got three boys, yeah, seven, five and two. My partner’s from down Kalgoorlie way. She’s Wongai. And yeah, we live in Bayulu, Bayulu Community and … yeah it is really … I’m really happy that I’m in this group of people that I’m working with, the curating and FORM team, it’s helped me build my confidence throughout and, you know, looking at different art centres and different history and the four different language groups and yeah.
[Will you be carrying on with this work after the project?]
TM: Well yeah. I think I’ll be carrying on after doing this project and this curating team, I would like to go further to be really professional in what I do, in curating art and how, you know, and be working in somewhere you know, like really in that professional development.
[How do you feel you're going? (Professionally)]
TM: Well I feel like that I’ve been, yeah … I’m feeling that every time we meet I’m getting more and more skilled and information and getting more, you know, stronger in how I’m looking at Aboriginal art and how you learn about the history itself.
[How do you feel about the Beijing Olympics?]
TM: With the Beijing Olympics I think it’s the next stepping stone for the Canning Stock Route history that, you know, taking it to the Olympics, showing how that we are Indigenous people from that area and that Canning Stock Route … how to bring those cattle down and how he got all these tribal people to find water and how to make history in this Western Desert.
[How about the Australian Indigenous side of it?]
TM: Well, I’m really, yeah … with every art, like with desert art, people from Arnhem Land are really fascinating and all Australian Indigenous art, how you look at a painting and how you tell the story, and I feel that I have a gift to tell the story to the European and the non-Indigenous people that we are from these areas that we’re painting, and how we go about doing our art and how we promote ourselves in that way.
Video format: DVD/MiniDV/Quicktime movie
Video recording: Tape 25
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Murungkurr Terry Murray; © 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.