Kumpaya Girgaba - speaking and singing for the camera [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: This is a transcript of Kumpaya Girgaba talking and singing for the camera. Toward the end she speaks and sings specifically about the Canning Stock Route collaborative canvas.
Art centre(s): Martumili Artists
Language spoken: Kriol, Martu Wangka
Catalogue number: CSROH_278_Kumpaya_Girgaba
Transcribed By: Kathleen Sorenson, Mollie Hewitt
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Notes: This was filmed on the repatriation trip to Newman in 2012. It was transcribed for subtitles, and it is therefore incomplete (and missing interviewer questions) and includes time codes from the film footage.
Full transcript: 00.00: Make a damper. It’s afternoon. The sun is going to go down soon.
00.00 – 00.38: [Kumpaya sings, no translation] Longtime people, bushman, all the old lady, man and lady.
00.07 – 01.56: [Song – no translation]
01.57: It’s an old people’s song, long time. Not me, I was only a little girl.
02.21: And my mother and father, my mother, three, and my father. He got three nyupa (husband or wife).
02.49: You wanna get three women?
03.09: One mummy, my mother, my mother. I got three.
My Aunty in Jigalong. Mother, three and my father.
04.58: [Kumpaya clapping and singing] I am doing this for the video.
05.16: [close up singing song]
05.13: [singing] I am sitting here, Mount Newman Creek. Sitting down singing. Mount Newman River.
05.50: Painting, we’re going to open it up now and have a look and might be go back and track it to tell the story of my Country. My painting.
[Then Talking about Canning Stock Route collaborative canvas [the one displayed at CHOGM]]
07.05: Here now, Canning Stock Route! Yeah, my Country.
07.35: Canning Stock Road here [pointing to painting].
08.07: This two – this is Kunawarritji [Well 33]. Kunawarritji here. This one Nyarruri [Well 32], Nyipil [Well 34], Kinyu Well 35], Pangkapini, [between wells 35 and 36] Kilykily [Well 36], Lipuru [Well 37] and Wajaparni [Well 38].
08.38: Wajaparni ...[sic. these wells are out of order] Natawalu, Kulyayi, Tiru, Jimpirrinykarra, Wirriyarra, Kartalapuru, Bililuna.
09.10: Billiluna... this one [at the other end] Wiluna.
09.44: This one my Country. This Canning Stock Route here, this is my Country. This is Parnngurr.
[repeats the wells]
Nyarruri, Nyipil, Kinyu, Pangkapini, Kilykily...
These are my Country. These ones belong to another lot of people. Fitzroy mob, Mangkaja mob. Another lot of people.
11.00: Kaningarra [Well 48], right up near Bililuna. This is Martu side and other side is Kurtal. Up to Fitzroy.
11.39: [Kumpaya and Tom] Kaningarra and Kurtal.
12.12: That’s my area. This is our Country. They were there and then they went to Fitzroy Crossing.
Old man went there.
12.38: ... and he was singing songs [Old Spider, Tom’s Grandfather]. They were singing a song at Kurtal. He been stay there and he been go.
13.50: My cousin, all the nephews and sons, they were dancing in that Country and then they went back, yeah.
14.20: [Footprints] All the Parnngurr mob, they came from the Country, walking in the Country. The ones that look more recent they are the people that came back. Old people and the people today.
15.30: We went back and made this now, this is my Country, Canning Stock Route Ngurra [Country]. My Country, all the people’s Country.
16.18: Puntukurnu painting, Martumili. [This is Aboriginal people’s painting. Martu people’s.]
17.00: She been finish him off, my daughter here. This daughter here [points at Kat]. We finished him off me and my daughter.
19.00 – 19.52: [singing around painting sitting down. Morika sings, but being silly]
20.00: [Nola. Morika and Nola singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle’] Morika: yeah same thing!
20.28: [Jakayu and Kumpaya on canvas singing]
21.10: [Singing starts again]
21.40: From Punmu they got up. I was there, I saw it. [Sings again]
22.10: Nola: Alright Gabe, you singing.
[Kumpaya talks about Canning Stock Route Project in Martu Wagka, translated by Kathleen Sorenson]
36.33: It’s me talking, my name is Kumpaya for painting. We’ve got to bring it back home and it will stay home. My painting.
37.19: My Country. Kumpaya my name, I am Kumpaya now talking.
37.24: I’m the boss of the painting. This is for us and for all of us. We’re bringin it back.
38.28: My name is Kumpaya Girgaba. We bringing it back home, we’re gonna keep ‘em. Too many people here, we gonna keep ‘em.
39.04: I am Kumpaya, I’m talking for taking back home, story. Our paintings for all of us. We gotta look after our painting. We’re gonna keep it for our family. I am talking nyami.
39.50: Nyami now. I’m Kumpaya, we’re bring it back home. That’s the last one, nyami. That’s that. We’re gonna keep it in our Country.
Video recording: 03_DAY_THREE
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Kumpaya Girgaba; © 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.