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Nyarna, Lake Stretch, 2007

Location: Nyarna Lake Stretch

Date: 8/16/2007

Event Description: In July and August 2007, around 60 artists from seven art centres travelled along the stock route documenting their stories and painting their Country in workshops held along the route. The last of these was at Nyarna, Lake Stretch, near Billiluna. Many new artworks were produced at Nyarna and the first Canning Stock Route 'exhibition' was held here on the shores of the Lake. A number of dances were also performed as part of the final celebrations at the culmination of this trip.



People: Putuparri Tom Lawford, Monique La Fontaine, Karen Dayman

Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Media Description: Artworks displayed at the Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Rights: Photo by Tim Acker

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, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Katajilkarr to Kaningarra

Katajilkarr to Kaningarra' - Miriam Napanangka. Catalogue Reference: MO/32/PT. Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/3/2007
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Miriam Napanangka
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 07
Accession ID: 20131213_B0005_0086

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.

Jila Men

Story:The nothern end of the Canning Stock Route crosses the Great Sandy Desert. Here springs are considered 'living waters' and are known as jila. Some are inhabited by ancestral beings and many of these jila are linked by Dreaming tracks that connect Countries and people. The ancestral stories of these sites are recorded in the songs and dances that cross the desert, uniting peoples through shared ceremonies and law. A number of these jila became wells on the Canning Stock Route. Of around 200 permanent springs or jila in this country, only about 30 are inhabited by powerful ancestral beings: snakes, which are also known as jila, or kalpurtu. Two of these jila, Kulyayi (Well 42) and Kaningarra (Well 48), became stock route wells. Before they became snakes, these jila were men who made rain, shaped the features of the land and introduced practices of law to the jila country. Many of the jila men were also companions who travelled the desert visiting one another, creating the ceremonies and singing the songs that the people of the jila country still perform today. One by one, the jila men ended their journeys at the waters that bear their names, and as they entered their jila, they transformed into the rainbow serpents, kalpurtu. These sites are of great importance to Aboriginal people and they can be as dangerous as they are vital. As places where rain is made, jila must first be ceremonially cleaned out by men. Crescent shaped banks are fashioned around the edge of the jila to signify kutukutu [rain-bearing clouds] before women are invited to approach. The dreaming stories of the jila men Kulyayi and Kaningarra are also connected to those of Kurtal and Wirnpa, two other important jila in this Country.

Media Creator:Nicole Ma

Media date: 2010

Media Description:Four dances are performed at the Ngumpan workshop, which took place at Ngumpan Community east of Fitzroy Crossing in late 2008.

Story contributor(s):Monique La Fontaine, Ngilpirr Spider Snell

Art Centre(s): Other
Publisher: FORM
Media copyright: FORM
Accession ID:DATE_FORM_MIRA_B0098_0001

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.

Kaningarra

Non-Indigenous name: Well 48

Place description: In 2008 and 2009 Kurtal boss Ngilpirr Spider Snell and Jukuja Nora Tjookootja led the revival of Kaningarra juju. With Rosie Goodjie, Dolly Snelll, Nada Rawlins, Jewess James and Daisy Andrews they passed the song and dance for this Country to a new generation for the first time since the death of Donkeyman Benny, the last Kaningarra boss. Jukuja was promised to Donkeyman as a child, and in accordance with desert tradition, he ‘grew her up’ and cared for her as his future wife until she was old enough to be married. Throughout their marriage she learned the songs and ceremonies for Kaningarra.

Traditional knowledge: Kaningarra was never performed for a long time, so what we did at Ngumpan was get the old fellas together and we talked about trying to get Kaningarra back, the dance, the songs. There’s only one old fella [Spider Snell] who still knows how to sing that song as well as the old ladies. All the bosses for Kaningarra have passed away. Spider wanted to pass it on to the rightful owners before he passed away … All the old people been singing it and teaching it to Pampirla [Hansen Boxer] because he’s a Kaningarra man and he can carry that on. Old ladies been crying. It was like they were bringing something back from the dead. Spider’s a Kurtal man. We need to keep that carrying on because Kaningarra and Kurtal are like brothers in the Dreamtime. (Putuparri Tom Lawford, 2008)

My father been tellembut [telling] me, ‘My Country Kaningarra’. He been looking after that place. We still looking after that place. Long time married but today we single now, looking after Country and story, old people time. When we go there la [to] Kaningarra we always cry [for] Country, me and my sister. When we go there we sing this one, ‘We been come visitor for you’. We say with that snake, ‘The family been come for Walmajarri [side]’. The colour change, that hills, orange, yellow, brown, every afternoon time.

[In the Dreamtime] that two Nangala [sisters], twofella been looking for louse [in each other’s hair]. That Tjungurrayi, [their husband, came back from hunting and they hadn’t cooked any food for him. He] been go round and he been tell ‘em, ‘Eh! You can look ‘em this!’ Boomerang, it was throw. One [sister] been fall, and nother one been sitting down, been slip down. He been throw that boomerang this way from Piparr [south east of Balgo]. That two my sisters, that two Nangala now. That Dreamtime. They turn into that pamarr [rock, Twin Heads]. I been get that word from my father before he passed away. Teaching us story. (Nana Daisy Kungah, 2009)

Kaningarra was a great jila man, and a powerful maparn [magic man] who turned into the spring Kaningarra during Jukurrpa, this then became Well 48 on the Canning Stock Route. Kaningarra is a major rainmaking site.

As he was nearing the end of his life as a man and preparing to enter Kaningarra jila as a kalpurtu, an ancestral rainbow snake, his powers were beginning to wane. Kurtal jila had been travelling across the desert to the coast visiting other jila men and stealing their sacred objects. On his way home to his own jila, Kurtal stopped to visit his friend Kaningarra.

That jila Kaningarra was waiting for him. Kurtal and Kaningarra are yalpurrus. They’re mates. Kaningarra told Kurtal, ‘Let’s lay down here then we can be together [as kalpurtu].’ Kurtal tricked him and said, ‘You lie down over there and I’ll lay down here.’ Then Kaningarra went into the ground and turned into a snake, kalpurtu, and today that waterhole Kaningarra is still there. Kurtal kept on going, carrying all them stolen objects in a coolaman to his country. (Ngilpirr Spider Snell, 2007)

Kaningarra song:

'I am Kaningarra. Standing in my Country, I look to the south.

'What is this thing chasing me? I’m a maparn [magic man] but these devil dogs are frightening me. I hit them with my powers.

'Streaks of lightning are flashing in the distance. A storm is gathering all around. Lightning is flashing on top of the hills like fire, I hide underground. A waterhole forms in the earth.

'A storm cloud is raining in the distance but it is coming closer. Lightning strikes on the hill. Another waterhole is formed from the sky.

'The storm is approaching from the north-west, sprinkling lightly like mist. It rains a little bit.

'In the north, a Jangala man looks out, standing on one leg near the sea. He is painted up, carrying a spear and a boomerang. He drinks the rainwater and dances back and forth, bringing the song from the north.'

In addition to the main song for Kaningarra Jila, other rainmaking songs, such as this one, converge here:

'Kitil and Wiyirr birds migrate towards the storm, bringing the rain.

'Puddles form, little streams run on the groud. People walk through pools of water.

'Rain makes the waters run like a river. Foaming up, the waters meet and flood.

Well data: 1906 water quality: Excellent.

1906 total depth (m): 20

Current quality of well: Derelict, caved in.

Current quality of water: No water.
-20.24844/126.52329
Related art centre(s): Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Ngurra Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area

Media title: Jila Kaningarra
Media creator: Nicole Ma
Date: 2010

Media description: This video shows Pampirla Hansen Boxer performing Kaningarra at Ngumpan in 2008. In this section of the dance, Pampirla Hansen Boxer enacts Kaningarra as he fights off an attack by devil dogs.
Media Copyright: FORM
Format: Video
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0089_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.

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.

Kaningarra

Artist(s): Manmarr Daisy Andrews

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Size: 89.5x119
Medium: acrylic on canvas

Artwork Story: This is Kaningarra, near Well 48 on the Canning Stock Route. There were little birds that [would] come before the rain to the waterhole, but now it’s all dried up. Old people used to sing for the rain and the birds would come down.

Kaningarra is a major rainmaking site. In addition to the main song for the Kaningarra jila, other rainmaking songs, such as this one, converge here:

Kitil and wiyirr birds migrate towards the storm, bringing the rain.

Puddles form, little streams run on the ground. People walk through pools of water.

Rain makes the waters run like a river. Foaming up, the waters meet and flood.

Location depicted: Kaningarra (near Well 48)
Place of creation: Mangkaja
Latitude/Longitude: -18.17/125.59

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Manmarr Daisy Andrews
Catalogue ID: DA/173/MJ
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2009-05-21
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1934
Walmajarri language group
Nangkarti skin group
Fitzroy Crossing
Mangkaja Arts
{"I was born at the creek near Cherrabun station homestead. My father used to work there. Sometimes he would run away with us kids, and his three wives and the police would come and pick us up. One time they put chains around his neck and made him walk to Fitzroy.

Manmarr lives in Fitzroy Crossing. Together with Jukuja Dolly Snell, she was one of the pioneering Fitzroy Crossing artists. She is also one of the senior singers for Kaningarra.

Accession ID: 20131014_FORM_MIRA_B0045_0047

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.

Katajilkarr to Kaningarra

Artist(s): Miriam Napanangka

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists
Size: 77.4x53.7
Medium: acrylic on linen

Artwork Story: This painting recalls part of the artist’s journey walking north along the Canning Stock Route towards Balgo in 1958. The central circle is Kaningarra rock hole (near Well 48), where her family stopped to rest and drink. From there, Miriam and her family followed the wells north to Paruku (Lake Gregory), finally arriving at old Balgo mission.

Location depicted: Katajilkarr (Well 43) to Kaningarra (Well 48)
Place of creation: Well 36
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Miriam Napanangka
Catalogue ID: MO/32/PT
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 1950
Kukatja, Manyjiljarra language groups
Napanangka skin group
Kiwirrkurra community
Papunya Tula Artists
Miriam is the daughter of Wimmitji Tjapangarti, and the sister of Lucy Yukenbarri. Miriam was a young girl when a helicopter landed at Natawalu, taking her young brother-in-law to Balgo. She and her family group did not follow the helicopter to Balgo immediately, but went back hunting around Kukapanyu (Well 39) before deciding to travel north to the mission. Miriam is married to Patrick Tjungurrayi.

Accession ID: 20131011_FORM_MIRA_B0044_0026

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: Katajilkarr to Kaningarra
Artist(s): Miriam Napanangka

Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Papunya Tula Artists
Size: 77.4x53.7
Medium: acrylic on linen

Artwork Story: This painting recalls part of the artist’s journey walking north along the Canning Stock Route towards Balgo in 1958. The central circle is Kaningarra rock hole (near Well 48), where her family stopped to rest and drink. From there, Miriam and her family followed the wells north to Paruku (Lake Gregory), finally arriving at old Balgo mission.

Location depicted: Katajilkarr (Well 43) to Kaningarra (Well 48)
Place of creation: Well 36
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

Artwork copyright: ©2013 Miriam Napanangka
Catalogue ID: MO/32/PT
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use

Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 5/14/2009
Photography copyright: NMA
Format: Image
Category: Artwork

Artist(s) biography:
born about 1950
Kukatja, Manyjiljarra language groups
Napanangka skin group
Kiwirrkurra community
Papunya Tula Artists
Miriam is the daughter of Wimmitji Tjapangarti, and the sister of Lucy Yukenbarri. Miriam was a young girl when a helicopter landed at Natawalu, taking her young brother-in-law to Balgo. She and her family group did not follow the helicopter to Balgo immediately, but went back hunting around Kukapanyu (Well 39) before deciding to travel north to the mission. Miriam is married to Patrick Tjungurrayi.

Accession ID: 20131011_FORM_MIRA_B0044_0026

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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