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Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

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You paint it because you know everything. You know because as a child you walked around in the Country and with your parents and grandparents drank from those rock holes and later were taught the names of the rock holes and their stories. They taught us their knowledge so that we could survive on our own after they had passed on.

Ngumarnu Norma Giles, Warburton, 2008

Canning Stock Route collection

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.

The works are grouped here by the stories that they tell. They do not tell the history of the Canning Stock Route, but the story of the Country the road cut across. All are from the National Museum's collection, unless otherwise stated.