Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father's Ngurra (Country)
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We went in the native title helicopter. I cried when I saw that country. I paint this country because I love it. Ngayuku ngurra, ngayuku father-ku ngurra, ngayuku tjamu-ku ngurra [my country, my father's country and my grandfather's country]. I’ll pass it onto my son.
I'll follow in my father's footsteps with that story and his country. It's strong in my heart. I'll give that story to my son.
One day in Warakurna, Shepherd showed anthropologist David Brooks (‘Brooksy’) a painting of Wapintja, in his father’s country. He dreamed of going there. Soon after, accompanied by Brooks, Shepherd was able to visit Wapintja for the first time.
Karimarra skin group
Ken Shepherd was born in the Western Australian goldfields, where his family had moved seeking work, but his father was born at Wapintja, a pinnacle in the middle of a vast area of sand dune country to the north of the Rawlinson Range.
Shepherd settled at Warakurna when his family returned to their country in 1974.