Kampirr Veronica Lulu - life and work [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Kampirr Veronica Lulu talks about her early life and family and the work she does for KLC, KALACC, and IPA.
Art centre(s): Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
Catalogue number: CSROH_249_Veronica_Lulu
Location Recorded: Mulan
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Notes: Transcribed from fieldnotes by Monique La Fontaine. The transcript is preceded by notes that require some further context for clarity.
Full transcript: Kampirr (bush medicine plant) Veronica Lulu
Paruku, Kumirrki Lulu’s grandmother’s Country Barramundi story
Kampirr Veronica Lulu: I was born Lake stretch and grew up there and I been shift to Billiluna new station now. I been stop there when father, early time father, took me to school dormitory [Father McGuire] to mission. I been stop there long time I been come back big woman to station. I been with old man, married to old man, he from Meekatharra. I been stop there station and then after I go because manager was too rough and been move back to new Balgo [Les Burton]. And then after my brother Rex Johns he was start talking about his land. Father and son was talking for this land and brother about moving back and my mother from desert, Walkali waterhole – Seven Sisters is her Dreaming. We moved to Mulan when we first start. I was working as health worker with Department of Health. And after I used to do painting now of my aunty and get story from my father. My mother passed away but she told me story about her Country. And also I get story from my sister Bessie and my brother Rex. We always sit together and talk about Paruku. My father was a teacher and he used to tell story and sing song for Sturt Creek, teach all the kids about story, culture. And he used to name all those waterholes. He was blind but he could name all those places. He been lose his eye at Kilangkarra [?] when he was playing with dynamite. He couldn’t see us when we were kids, he used to feel us and hear us. He used to make chairs and things out of bullock hide and put tar in roof and cut wood with axe. He had three kids: Bessie and Rex and me. And he was travelling everywhere. He was a teenager working with manager when he lost his eyes carrying load, stores for manager, saddle man.
And my mother was a desert woman and got that old man from this side Lake area. She came from Walkali [?] her name is Papala. And she a good hunter because my father was blind she used to kill a lot of goanna and anything for us. And she dig for yam. And she know her culture and Dreaming. And also I was working at Palya Laju Maparn when Jakamarra [John Carty] was working there for that health service. I used to go down to Perth and talk to them government people to help their own service to help Aboriginal people and now they got their own one in Balgo community. And also I’m still working with Palya Laju Maparn for Chris now. I work for KLC (Kimberley Land Council) now on the Executive and for KALACC. And I was working for Yiriman going on trip. And now I’m working with IPA (Indigenous Protected Area), speaking out Country and working on project.
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Veronica Lulu; © 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.