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Jikarn

Non-Indigenous name: Well 50

Traditional knowledge: When Patrick Tjungurrayi visited Jikarn in 2007 he recounted yet another story of death at the hands of white men on the Canning Stock Route.

There are men [spirits] there. Northern people. Waringarri. 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, made them sit down and put them in the fire. They fired the people, you know. Jikarn people. Those people were bad. They killed the people from this Country. There’s nobody left from Jikarn. The only person left with Dreaming for Jikarn is Philip. He’s in Jigalong. Kukalanyu, [Nora] Wompi’s son. That’s all, yeah, for this Country. Well, whole lot finished now, that people. From this Country, all finish. No life ... (Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, 2007)

Native title area: Tjurabalan determination
Well data: 1906 quality: Excellent

1906 total depth (m): 19

Current quality of well: Derelict, caved in

Current quality of water: No water

PH level date: 2007
-20.20932/126.96442
Related art centre(s): Other

Media title: Jikarn
Media creator: Nicole Ma
Date: 2010

Media description: Papunya Tula artist Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi describes the massacre of Aboriginal people at Jikarn. He refers to the spirits of the dead men standing on the rocks above Jikarn spring.
Media Copyright: FORM
Format: Video
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0089_0004

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.

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