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Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route

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Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition

Warlayirti artist Elizabeth Nyumi painting at Kilykily (Well 36). Photo: Tim Acker, 2007.
Warlayirti artist Elizabeth Nyumi painting at Kilykily (Well 36).


The Yiwarra Kuju exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia and FORM and toured Australia from 2010 to 2013.

The exhibition told the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians.

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route takes highlights from this ground-breaking show and combines them with works from the Museum's collections that have not been previously displayed.

Explore the Canning Stock Route story

The Canning Stock Route collection online

Conflict
Lumpulumpu, Manmarr Daisy Andrews

The Canning Stock Route collection includes more than 100 canvases produced by artists who travelled the stock route on a return to Country in 2007.

More stories and artworks were added to the collection, which was acquired by the National Museum of Australia in 2009.

Explore the collection online

The artists

Droving days
Mervyn Street

The Canning Stock Route runs from Wiluna to Halls Creek and intersects the traditional Countries of many of the artists featured in this exhibition.

Today, these artists create their works at the following community art centres and cultural enterprises:

Birriliburu Artists, Kayili Artists, Mangkaja Arts, Martumili Artists, Ngurra Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, Warlayirti Artists and Yulparija Artists