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Name: Mayapu Elsie Thomas

Mayapu Elsie Thomas - Natawalu painting story [ORAL HISTORY]

Other Speaker/s: Milkujung Jewess James

Synopsis: Elsie Thomas tells a story about her painting of Natawalu, and how her uncle speared a white man. She also talks about spearing bullocks and how she got bitten by a dog.

Date: 2007-11-19
Art centre(s):
Language spoken: Wankgajunga
Catalogue number: CSROH_57_Mayapu_Elsie_Thomas
Interviewed By: John Carty, Monique La Fontaine
Translated By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Recorded by: Monique La Fontaine
Location Recorded: Ngumpan
Latitude/Longitude: -18.76/126.03

Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Access: Public
Full transcript: Elsie Thomas: At Natawalu [Well 40] an Aboriginal man speared a kartiya [white man], then that kartiya got a rifle and shot him. Right langa (at) Natawalu. Before there was a well there, then [afterwards you could only get] water at that well.

From there, my daughter-girl [Rella Angie], she went and saw his grave on top of a sandhill. She saw her grandfather. She stood there with him, my daughter-girl. Missy’s daughter. Majija [Missy, bush name]. Yeah, that one now.

That’s the place I painted now. I painted a big water, then I painted trees on there too. That tree we called Juntuntu. Yeah that’s the one. [Why are you taking my picture? I’m sick.] I painted those trees, and that jila [spring] in the middle. Not jila, just rain water. Natawalu I painted, yuwayi [yes].

Jewess James: Where did you paint it?

ET: I did it over there.

JJ: Where is it?

ET: Inside Mangkaja, in Fitzroy. You mob saw it.

John Carty: Yuwayi [yes]. And that old man, how come he was fighting with that kartiya [white man]?

ET: No, he was just coming to get water. He wanted water then he saw that kartiya [white man]. He speared him then, near the water, you know. He speared him straight away. Blackfella started it first, then that kartiya got a gun and shot him. Finished, Kawurrjangunya’s father, yawi [poor thing]. My sister’s husband, Missy’s husband.

JC: He your uncle that old man, or what?

ET: Yeah. That old man, he speared that kartiya [white man], killed him.

JJ: What did Majija call him?

ET: Uncle. She called him Uncle. Majija called him Uncle. That’s her Uncle, he gave her to [her husband] Kawurrjangunya. Nyamu [that’s all].

Another story, alright: from where we walked from. From Jutalja then on to Milyarn, from Milyarn on to a place called Kurrkumarlu. That’s where a dog bit me. Where it is that he bit me was at Kurrkumarlu. That dog bit me, kunyarr [dog], you know, jarntu [wild] dog, he bit me when I was eating meat. Dog’s name was Larntiyn. He was a bushman’s dog, yuwayi [yes]. From there we used to walk until we came to the CSR [Canning Stock Route]. At the Stock Route we speared bullocks. That was where they travelled on the CSR, along the wells to Kulyayi, to what’s this place? Jumu [soakwater] Katajilkarr. From there on to Kujuwarri. At Kujuwarri we got too many larkarnti [witchedy grubs]. I boiled some in a billycan.

That’s where we used to spear bullocks. My father and Kuji’s [Rosie Goodjie] father and Yunkunya’s father. Somebody else’s bullock, they use to spear them. Cut ‘em up and bury some for later. They used to hide and then spear them. Have a big feed then go back to their Country, back in the desert. They used to cut across, spearing bullocks if they came across one, right back to jila [spring] well. Then they went to hunt local meats, traditional meats. That’s where we came from. Through that road to here.

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Source: CSROH_57_Mayapu_Elsie_Thomas
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Mayapu Elsie Thomas; © 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.

Name: Kamara Brandy Tjungurrayi

Kamara Brandy Tjungurrayi - Lost looking for family and station work [ORAL HISTORY]

Other Speaker/s: Elizabeth Nyumi (Brandy’s daughter)

Synopsis: Brandy Tjungurrayi talks about how he started walking from Kunawarritji, and how he was lost looking for his family. He tells how he was never frightened of helicopter.

Date: 2008-04
Art centre(s):
Language spoken: Kukatja
Catalogue number: CSROH_65_Kamara_Brandy_Tjungurrayi
Interviewed By: Monique La Fontaine, Tim Acker
Transcribed By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Translated By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Location Recorded: Balgo
Latitude/Longitude: -31.84885/115.82492

Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Access: Public
Full transcript: Brandy Tjungurrayi: I walked from Kunawarritji, me. On foot to Nyipil, from Nyipil to Kinyu, from Kinyu I then went to Kilkil. From there on to Liberal then on to Kukapanyu then on to Natawalu.

Monique La Fontaine: were you at Natawalu when Helicopter…

BT: Yeah you ask that other lady for that story.

Elizabeth Nyumi: No, she asking if you seen Helicopter jumped on that helicopter.

BT: Yes, I did see him. To tell you the truth them other mob just saying it, I saw him go. Only me.

EN: Did the whole lot see him go?

BT: I was the only one seen him go. [Talking to Nyumi:] Where did you see him go from?

Elizabeth Nyumi: I was on top of the sand hills when I seen him go.

BT: I’ll just tell the story straight: I seen him go. I was the one who put him on.

MLF: What they think that helicopter was?

EN: Did they get frighten of it?

BT: We wasn’t frightened. From Natawalu I then went to Tiru. No kartiya didn’t take me, nothing. I went on my own, walking. I then went to Kulyayi then Katajillkarr and then to Jimpirrinykarra then on to Jintijinti, from there on to Kujuwarri,then on to Kartalapurru , then on to Kurninarra and on to Lampu.

MLF: Kaningarra?

BT: Yeah Kaningarra, then Lampu, then Jikarn. I then went down to Kilangkilang. From there through Nyalku then to the old station then to Balgo.

MLF: Old mission?

BT: Old mission. I stayed there for a while then this kartiya told me, ‘Alphonse you go back and bring your family back here’. He gave some tucker, some flour and other stuff and went back looking for my mob back through that same road I came on following the wells. At Kukapanyu I saw my father, they just came in when I got there this one here for father too. From there this drover came and picked us up and took us to Kurrungu, that’s where I stayed then. He gave me a job, I was working for him, I worked everywhere there, then when they was starting to drove cattle on the CSR droving cattle. That’s where I learned to ride a horse. He gave me one, a Billiuna horse. We worked everywhere there then till we knocked [off] for holidays for Christmas I think. We worked on the stock route too, branding cattle’s ear marking them and everything else, I was branding them, that was my job putting that hot iron in the fire and branding them. We did that at the old station at Lake Gregory, there was a big yard there, a big round one. That’s where I got that name Brandy. He gave me that name, my name is Brandy now because of them cattle that I was branding. I was given that name by a kartiya called Len, he gave me that name.

MLF: Can Brandy tell us about the CSR, or if he seen drovers droving or when he was growing up and walking around there?

EN: Did you see any bullocks on the CSR?

BT: Yeah we was spearing them and eating them, sometimes they used to leave us one there.

EN: She’s asking you where did you grow up?

BT: I grew up on my own Country, around Jupiter Well, our Country.

MLF: Young boy or man.

BT: Young boy, my father was from Jupiter Well, that’s where his dreaming from. My grandmother got him from there, jarriny [dreaming] from there. From there now I walked around to here. Walking around bush till they put us on a camel to here. I came here and I stayed here till today, I’m here. From Billiuna to old Balgo, from Old Balgo to the new one here. Natawalu kartiya, name [Well] 44.

[Nyumi talks about drinking oil or diesel]

BT: They used to rub that oil all over themselves, hair and all. These mob mad people, not me, I had brains, I didn’t do that.

MLF: And what he reckon?

BT: I saw them when I came back from hunting, they told me to rub myself with that oil. I said no, you mob drink it, I don’t want to die from that thing. That’s where he went from Helicopter, from Natawalu, mother and son. They left us with a bucket of sugar too, them kartiya.

EN: What about that coffee story?

MLF: Tell us about that coffee story, I want to hear it again, it’s a funny story.

BT: I don’t know I called it kirrangu, that coffee kirrangu grows on trees at Natarwarlu.

EN: They was calling coffee kapi.

BT: They was calling it kirrangu, that one when it grows on trees. We called it kirrangu. That’s where we put Helicopter and his mother on the chopper. We saw them later when we came along behind. Helicopter was the first one here, then us mob later might be after Christmas. No wagon, just camels we were walking with them. One kartiya went and sold cattle at Meekatharra, he then came back and took us with him.

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Video recording: 169 HELICOPTER, LOOMOO, EUBENA 2.5 BALGO
Source: CSROH_65_Kamara_Brandy_Tjungurrayi
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Kamara Brandy 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.

Name: Nankatji Josephine Nangala

Nankatji Josephine Nangala - Travelling to Natawalu and seeing a helicopter (ORAL HISTORY)


Synopsis: Ned Cox tells stories about droving times, from Billiluna Station all the way to Wiluna and back again. All those old people are gone now, only the grandchildren left.
He went back to the new station at Mulan to work, and is living in Ngumpan community now.
After the road trains came in they didn't need drovers anymore. They were working hard for basic wages then. They started to drink then, went to Fitzroy Crossing for a beer with the manager.
Ned then talks about Wally Dowling, the boss of Canning Stock Route. He drove up to Kununurra way and passed away in Mistake Creek. He was a strong man, he never got sick. He never wore boots when he was droving.

Date: 2007-08-08
Art centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists
Catalogue number: CSROH_14_Nankatji_Josephine_Nangala
Interviewed By: 2007-08-08
Transcribed By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Translated By: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Location Described: Fitzroy Crossing, Mulan, Ngumpan
Location Recorded: Fitzroy Crossing
Latitude/Longitude: -18.17/125.59

Cultural Protocols: PUBLIC ACCESS
Access: PUBLIC
Full transcript:
Josephine Nangala: Natawalu, I’m talking. Talk, talk, wankga, wankga, yuwo [yes]. Then we saw this helicopter coming, up in the sky. We were collecting witchetty grubs, plenty of them then. We never noticed it coming. ‘Oh, it’s coming!’ someone said. We ran into the trees, frightened because that thing, like a windmill, might cut us up [laughing]. Yuwayi [yes]. My mother was taking me around, looking after me. Her name is Yama Biddy Baadjo. And my Daddy, yuwo. We looked and they threw a tin meat out. We got it and opened it and ate it. We opened it with an axe. We carried axes with us, axe, you know.

Then after that we were making our way here, to Natawalu. We were coming to sit down here. And that helicopter been gone and get them, all the tucker for us. Cooking yuwa. And we ate them. We was eating, and they gave us porridge and rice and tea. You know, he sugar. He sugar. We ate it just like dry one. It was like the ones we get out of trees, you know, little one. Utungu [crystallised sweet sap] we reckon. We think about, ‘Ah, this one utungu, we gotta eat, yuwa’. We ate, had a feed and took off from here, back to where we came from. And all them kartiyas [white people], they left too, even the helicopter. The last one they took with them, with the helicopter. Helicopter now, Joey, Joe Helicopter, they took him to Balgo.

Then we went north, hunting and gathering around there for a while. Then we went back to Kukapanyu. From Kukapanyu we took off walking. We was walking, foot, you know. And no weak, no slack. We were happy to [be] coming, always, all the way to go to Balgo, old Mission, yeah. We walked through here. My jamu [grandfather] and Brandy came and told us to go with them to Balgo. My jamu, you know, grandfather for Richard Daddy, yuwa. They picked us up and [we went] with them. ‘You mob come! Father Alphonse sent us to pick you mob up,’ they said. We then went with them, and my aunty Wanguya, she stayed. She stayed until she came in on her own with my daddy and Wimitji, my uncle. Yuwa, playa [yes, good]. And other two came behind, Wimitji and my father and my aunty Wanguya.

Us mob, we were already there. We went before. We walked until we got there at Parnkupirti [near Mulan] and we saw Jilarri [XX- Steven Matthews’ cousin brother for Butcher Wise from Mulan] on a horse and Bob [Dingle]. They killed a bullock and gave some to us at Parnkupirti. Killer, kuka [meat]. We had a feed and took off, taking bones with us until we came to Jarntujarrpa north from Mulan. Jarntujarrpa, two dog been get in inside, yuwa. And they went. Us mob behind with the bones, bullock meat, you know [laughing]. We carried them with us to Balgo. Then we hid in a creek bed, kuka, other wise that kartiya might see it. We had a feed there at that creek and then I went to the dormitory. I was sleeping one night, yu, at Balgo. I camped one night and went in the dormitory. That’s all, finished, wiyarringu.

John Carty: Did you see that helicopter pick up…. when they picked up Helicopter?

JN: Yuwa [yes].

JC: Did you see em?

JN: Yeah, I bin see em.

JC: What did you think?

JN: I was think about, ‘I should go to Balgo.’ I was worrying, yuwa, because at a place Walatungka, there was no water at Walatu. That’s why that helicopter came for help. Me, Imelda and Tossie, we were kids.

JC: So this country was getting dry?

JN: Yeah.

JC: And you knew about that mission?

JN: Yeah, we know mission. No, my jamu been get em, ‘Ah, we going to Balgo. I’m taking you mob there,’ he said. And from Kukapanyu we went. From Kukapanyu they gave us the word, Brandy and my jamu, Richard for father. We came here, slept here, drank water here, and kept on going right up to Tiru. From Tiru right through to Kulyayi, from Kulyayi to Katajilkarra. And then we went and saw, I don’t know what this place. I don’t know about well, ah, Jikarn, yeah, Jikarn. Watinyinparra, from Watinyinparra we went and slept at Jikarn. From Jikarn we went to Katamungkukarra. I don’t know that water. I don’t about well.

JC: You know the Aboriginal name?

JN: Yeah, I don’t know. The only places that I know are Kulyayi, Katajilkarra, and Tiru, yuwa. I don’t know these other well from this side, yuwa [laughing]. Yuwa, nyamu [yes finished].

JC: One more.

JN: What for? What? What thing?


JC: Um, when that helicopter picked up Helicopter Joey ...

JN: Yuwa, Joey Tjungurrayi.

JC: Was he really, was he really sick one?

JN: Yes, he was. He had a sore here. He was no good one, sore all around. And my aunty too, for Kumpaya Mummy, Kupunyina. They took them two with them and I was thinking after ‘Ohhh, I should go to Balgo with them.’ [Laughing] Yuwayi. When the kartiyas all left we left too, we went back home. We were walking around in the desert around Kukapanyu and Natawalu. Yuwo palya.

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Source: CSROH_14_Nankatji_Josephine_Nangala
Rights: © Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Nankatji Josephine Nangala; © 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.

Video Title: That long way I been travelling

Video Description: Award-winning Papunya Tula Artist Patrick Tjungurrayi returns to the Canning Stock Route for the first time in 50 years to paint the story of his journey pout of the desert along the stock route. In 1959 a mining survey team landed in a helicopter at Well 40, where Patrick and his extended family were still living traditionally. The survey team brought strange new food and took Patrick's sick younger brother with them to Balgo for medical attention. Patrick, and eventually the rest of the family followed the stock route north to Balgo in search of the boy who forever after would become known as Helicopter Tjungurrayi. Patrick and the members of his family trace their journey through the sites recorded in his painting, telling remarkable, hilarious and sometimes tragic stories stories of first contact experiences between Aboriginal people and the non-Indigenous people who appeared unexpectedly in their country.

Date created: 2010
People: Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Kamara Brandy Tjungurrayi, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungarrayi, Kumpaya Girgaba (Yurla)
Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, CSR Project

Place of creation: Well 36, Kilykily, Wanda
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

Director: Nicole Ma
Editor: Brandt Lee

Camera: Paul Elliott

Sound: Cam McGrath

Narrator: Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi
Translator: Putuparri Tom Lawford
Executive Producer: FORM

Rights: © Nicole Ma and FORM Canning Stock Route Project, 2008
Clip length: 0:09:38
Protocols: PUBLIC ACCESS
Format: Video
Source: Exhibition Media/NICOLE MA MASTERS
Category: Video
Accession ID: 20130920_FORM_MIRA_B0023_0001

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.

Natawalu

Artist(s): Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Warlayirti Artists
Size: 76.9x53.4
Medium: acrylic on linen

Artwork Story: Helicopter created this painting to tell the story of his dramatic departure from the desert. The larger circle is Natawalu (Well 40) and the smaller one is Ngankangarra, a nearby water source, where his family had been camped.

I was walking around long time, but I got sick … that’s when that helicopter got me … He came [in a helicopter] and put it down at my father’s camp. He spoke to me not in Kukatja, but in English. I was sitting there puzzled. I spoke to him in Kukatja, ‘Take me to Balgo to the medicine’. They put me on the helicopter right there, me and my mother. They took us to the old [Balgo] mission. It was the first time they saw a helicopter too; even me, first time they seen me too. They were asking who my parents were. I told them … then they knew me through my parents. Then I went to Derby [hospital]. After I got better they took me back to Balgo and I’m still here today.

Location depicted: Natawalu (Well 40)
Place of creation: Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -19.0796/128.2542

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi
Catalogue ID: HY/120/WAR
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-05-14
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1947
Manyjilyjarra, Kukatja, Wangkajungka language groups
Tjungurrayi skin group
Balgo community
Warlayirti Artists
Helicopter was born with blackhead snake Dreaming at Nyakin, south of Jupiter Well. He fell ill near Natawalu (Well 40) in 1957 and was flown by helicopter to Balgo. He is a respected maparn (traditional healer) and artist. He returned to his Country for the first time in 2000.

My father got [my spirit] from [Nyakin], and my mother too … They were just taking me around them Countries, my mother and father. They took me everywhere.

Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0003

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.

Pangkapini, Minyipuru

Artist(s): Mulyatingki Marney

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists
Size: 151x94.2
Medium: acrylic on canvas

Artwork Story: This is Pangkapini and all the rock holes and soaks that I remember on the western, northern and eastern sides of Karlamilyi. I grew up around that area with my mum and dad. The Seven Sisters sat down and rested [at many of these places]. When I was a child, we camped one night at Natawalu. The Seven Sisters also rested there.

Location depicted: Pangkapini, rock holes, soaks around Karlamilyi
Place of creation: Martumili
Latitude/Longitude: -23.01/119.22

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Mulyatingki Marney
Catalogue ID: MM/136/MM
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-05-25
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1941
Manyjilyjarra language group
Karimarra skin group
Punmu community
Martumili Artists
Mulyatingki was born at Nyinyiri near the Canning Stock Route and grew up in Karlamilyi. The first time her family saw white people there, they hid in a cave until nightfall. In 1966 she and her family walked into Balfour Downs station. They were one of the last families to leave the desert. In 1982 Mulyatingki relocated to Punmu, where she now lives with her sisters, Ngarnjapayi Nancy and May Chapman. Their brother is Bidyadanga artist Jawarta Donald Moko.

Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0018

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.

Natawalu

Artist(s): Mayapu Elsie Thomas

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Size: 119.5x89.7
Medium: acrylic on canvas

Artwork Story: At Natawalu an Aboriginal man speared a kartiya [white man], then that kartiya got a rifle and shot him. Right [at] Natawalu. Before there was a well there. That’s the place I painted now. He was just coming to get water … then he saw that kartiya. He speared him then, near the water.

Location depicted: Natawalu (Well 40)

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Mayapu Elsie Thomas
Catalogue ID: MET/147/MJ
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-05-19
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1934, died 2012
Wangkajunga language group
Nampijin skin group
Wangkatjungka community
Ngurra Artists
Mayapu was born at Pinga and grew up in the Country around Kukapanyu (Well 39). She married Karntakarnta Billy Thomas’s brother, Sheepman, and raised a family at Christmas Creek station. Today she is married to George Tuckerbox.

We used to walk until we came to the Canning Stock Road … That was where [the bullocks] travelled … along the wells … That’s where they used to spear bullocks, my father and Kuji’s [Rosie Goodjie’s] father.

Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0025

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.

Natawalu, Kukapanyu

Artist(s): Kuji Rosie Goodjie

Art Centre(s): Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Size: 122x76
Medium: acrylic on linen

Location depicted: Natawalu (Well 40) and Kukapanyu (Well 39)
Place of creation: Well 36
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Kuji Rosie Goodjie
Catalogue ID: RG/61/NG
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Tim Acker
Photograph date: 2008-06-15
Photography copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1936
Wangkajunga language group
Nampijin skin group
Wangkatjungka Community
Ngurra Artists
Daddy been find my jarriny [Dreaming] Nyirla side. My young husband was murdered, no reason he was killed ... I been find second husband Balgo now. We went back to desert.

Kuji was born near Nyirla. After her first husband was murdered, Kuji travelled to Billiluna, where Jukuja Nora Tjookootja's father looked after her. She married again in Balgo, and later rejoined her family at Christmas Creek station.

Accession ID: 20131011_FORM_MIRA_B0044_0053

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.

Title: Natawalu, Kukapanyu
Artist(s): Kuji Rosie Goodjie

Art Centre(s): Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Size: 122x76
Medium: acrylic on linen

Location depicted: Natawalu (Well 40) and Kukapanyu (Well 39)
Place of creation: Well 36
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Kuji Rosie Goodjie
Catalogue ID: RG/61/NG
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photograph date: 6/15/2008
Photography copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1936
Wangkajunga language group
Nampijin skin group
Wangkatjungka Community
Ngurra Artists
["Daddy been find my jarriny [Dreaming] Nyirla side. My young husband was murdered, no reason he was killed ... I been find second husband Balgo now. We went back to desert."]

Kuji was born near Nyirla. After her first husband was murdered, Kuji travelled to Billiluna, where Jukuja Nora Tjookootja's father looked after her. She married again in Balgo, and later rejoined her family at Christmas Creek station.

Accession ID: 20131011_FORM_MIRA_B0044_0053

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.

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