Murungkurr Terry Murray
Murungkurr Terry Murray - favourite painting [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Murungkurr Terry Murray talks about a painting by his aunt, Taku Rosie Tarco. He tells about the history that the painting references.
Art centre(s): Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
Language spoken: English
Catalogue number: CSROH_196_Murungkurr_Terry_Murray
Location Recorded: National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Full transcript: [Terry talks about Rosie Tarco's painting. Holds it up]
Um, this is my aunty, Rosie Tarco. She’s language is Juwaliny, Walmajarri, from the Great Sandy Desert. And she talk about the first time she encountered with Europeans on the Canning Stock Route.
This is my aunty, Rosie Taco. She’s language group is Jiwarliny, Walmajarri, Great Sandy Desert. And the first time … this story tells about the first time she encountered Europeans, white man, going up the Canning Stock Route, and in those days in the Great Sandy Desert our people were … finding out the first time they were seeing a white man and all these cattle and camel and all these strange animal coming through the desert. And one story that she was telling us, was this promise that she told me that … she told me, my nephew, when I’m out there I’m separate from our family, from your old man and your mother mob, I’m separate, I promised I wouldn’t take me but I was a young little girl, in the early days, and even saying that we didn’t go up North, over East, when we go East, we meet up with all these strange animal and this strange bloke, this white man, and I think during that time the Canning Stock Route, you know, making all that well and first encounter with Europeans and a shock, they were making their way up to Billiluna, and they seen other Aboriginal tribes and people and giving them clothes and different things, food … and she was fascinated, you know, she thought they were all spirit, you know, all these Europeans, coming out of the desert which she didn’t know. Looking at all these strange animals, camel, horse, cattle … and the first time she wore clothes, she was saying, ‘oh yeah, they were putting clothes on us, and even the old man now they go up Mulabula, in mission time, until today now and him tell me that’.
And one part of that story, when I’m in Adelaide at that museum, looking at all this map, me and my brothers, and one of our family members had this map and this old bloke … I forget, my granny again from the Jugunba side, we find this map and we were going through this archive and he encountered again, that first time European. And I think one of the drovers at the time was saying ‘where you from?’ and he was drawing all these circles, lines and looking through this map and Jungunba [?] you know. And we had to go back there, me and my brothers, and find that map, and now we’re in this exhibition now. And he say the first time he be there, mission time, he was saying my family still out there in the desert. And he was doing all this figure and waterhole and jila Country, and you know, till today. And after that most of my family come out and come out from the desert, there’s good stories from family members around everywhere, throughout all that desert area. Yeah.
Video format: DVD/MiniDV/Quicktime movie
Video recording: Tape 46
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.