Kumpupirntily: Lake Disappointment
I'm telling you that that cannibal mob is out there and they are no good.
Yunkurra Billy Atkins, Jigalong, 2008
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Billy Atkins, Martumili Artists, acrylic on canvas, 89.5 x 61 cm
This painting shows two different chains of waters in the artist's Country leading towards Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment). The larger black circles on the left of the painting depict 'rubbish one waterholes, green one [algae] killed the water'. The smaller circles in the white line of Kupayiyura (Savory Creek) have been kept clean.
Puntawarri, Jilakurru and Kumpupirntily, 2008
Dadda Samson and Judith Samson, Martumili Artists, acrylic on linen,
128 x 297 cm
Jilakurru (Well 17) and Puntawarri are sites in Dadda's Country, which she has painted here with her granddaughter, Judith. While Puntawarri lies west of the Canning Stock Route, Jilakurru and Kumpupirntily fall within the stock route corridor. Jilakurru is a culturally significant site, host to a wealth of rock art and engravings, much of which is sacred to Martu people. The rich pastures of the adjacent gorge became a resting place for drovers and their herds. Dusty Stevens, Dadda's elder brother, encountered the drovers there as a child:
My country Jilakurru. We was kids walking around there. Bullock chase my Mummy. That bullock there nearly kill Mummy now, coming for her. Too big! [The bullocks from] Billiluna, all a big one.
Dusty Stevens, Wiluna, 2007