Nana Daisy Kungah
Nana Daisy Kungah - life story [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Nana Daisy Kungah talks about her family and her Country Kaningarra; she paints her Country.
Art centre(s): Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
Catalogue number: CSROH_250_Daisy_Kungah
Location Recorded: Billiluna
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Full transcript: Walmajarra and Jaru languages
Napanangka skin group
Sturt Creek and Kaningarra jarriny (Dreaming)
Nana Daisy Kungah: Been born at Sturt Creek, I was looking after Country side, Kaningarra, my father’s Country. Mother Country this side. I been grow up Short Creek and my father been come Short Creek and then we came Billiluna when I was a teenager. We been come this way and my father been tellin ‘em but me: ‘My Country Kaningarra’. He been looking after that place. We still looking after that place. That’s way my father passed away. I still look after Kaningarra. Long time married but today we single now, looking after Country and story, old people time. We doing painting for IPA, telling story about old people time, painting story. I got 4 kids, 2 girls and 2 boy and lots of grand-children. They listen to story for Country. Sometimes I always painting Kaningarra for snake and hill everywhere, plenty camel everywhere.
That two Nangala, they been tell me twofella been looking for his louse [?]. I don’t know but that Tjungurrayi been go round and he been tell ‘em: ‘Eh! You can look ‘em this!’ Boomerang, it was throw and ‘nother one been fall and ‘nother one been sitting down – that ‘nother one been slip down, and other one straight. He been throw that boomerang this way from Piparr. But that two my sisters. I been forget name. That two Nangala now. That Dreamtime, they turn into that pamarr [rock/hills].
When we go there la Kaningarra we always cry, Country, me and my sister, cousin sister. They cry now for that place. They change colour that hills, orange, yellow, brown, every afternoon time. But next year we going too to Kaningarra. All the IPA boys, they come to Mulan mob too, they come next year. When you come in this way Godfrey Tank this side – drink water there and we go not far jila now jumu, when they dig ‘em out getembut water, they call ‘em rockhole kartiya and we call ‘em jumu, jila.
I been get that word from my father before he passed away. Teachembut story.
Not like this lot, my family always cry for Country. They got ‘em two rockhole, one down-one for my father and one top-one for ‘nother mob. And sometime when we go there we sing this one: ‘We been come visitor for you’. When we say with that snake, the family been come for Walmajarri.
Rita Mingayi – Sister for Daisy Kungah – got story for Kaningarra again.
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Nana Daisy Kungah; © 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.