Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi
Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi - massacre at Jikarn (Well 50) [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi tells the story of the massacre at Jikarn (Well 50) in this transcript.
Art centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists
Language spoken: Kukatja
Catalogue number: CSROH_157_Patrick_Olodoodi_Jikarn
Transcribed By: Monique La Fontaine
Translated By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Location Described: Jikarn (Well 50)
Location Recorded: Jikarn (Well 50)
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Full transcript: Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi : Water. Water there. Man there [pointing to the top of the stone wall where the spirits of people are looking down]. Northern people, Waringarri (Tom Lawford: Waringarri people all follow a certain Dreaming to a certain place and then another mob take over. Wanayaka take over from Waringarri on Yuendemu side). From here, from this place. This is their Country. And they all died, whole lot.
From here they killed them and they took them over there and burned them in the fire. They got matches and chained them. They made them sit down and put them in the fire. They fired the people, you know. Jikarn people. Mmm.
Those people were bad [kartiya]. They killed the people from this Country. [He wipes his eye, emotional] There’s nobody left from Jikarn. The only person left with Dreaming for Jikarn is Philip, he’s in Jigalong. Kukalanyu, Wompi’s son. That’s all, yeah. For this Country.
That’s all I said. Let’s go. [He’s getting anxious, he can feel the people’s spirits and wants to leave. He begins walking out. He turns back and says:]
He got a camp there. Marlu (kangaroo). On that side [pointing]. Little bit of water there. [Walking back in a little bit he says] But tail here, marlu tail [track in the sand]. He gotta walk, he gotta get up here, [he’s going to come] through that cave now.
[He starts leaving the cave but the kartiya mob don’t understand what he’s been saying and stay in the cave. As they begin exploring the marlu camp Ala looks up nervously, still sensing the spirits of the people who were killed, he looks emotional and frightened.]
Yuwa. Well, all lot finished now, that people. From this Country, all finish. No life [nobody is alive].
[Looks up again. Now becoming more impatient, he points to the spirits, trying to explain to this mob]
He got all a man here, watching! Marlu there, he gotta get up here. Yeah.
[He’s trying warn all the kartiya to get out of there. He walks out of the cave and once outside in the sunlight sings out]
Video format: P2 CARD/DVD/QuickTime movie
Video recording: (CSR Dubs 17)
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi; © 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.