Natawalu: The helicopter story
Waruwiya [soak] and Pilalyi rock hole. I lived around here with my mother and father. Nyirla is our Country. I was walking around everywhere in that Country, that was the last time.
[Then] we travelled to them waterholes on the Canning Stock Road, until we came closer to Natawalu. That's where we saw a helicopter for the first time.
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Katajilkarr to Kaningarra, 2007
Miriam Napanangka, Papunya Tula Artists, acrylic on linen, 77.4 x 53.7 cm
This painting recalls part of the artist's journey walking north along the Canning Stock Route towards Balgo in 1958. The central circle is Kaningarra rock hole (near Well 48), where her family stopped to rest and drink. From there, Miriam and her family followed the wells north to Paruku (Lake Gregory), finally arriving at old Balgo mission.
Canning Stock Route Country, 2007
Patrick Tjungurrayi, Papunya Tula Artists, acrylic on linen, 122.6 x 187 cm
In 2007 Patrick returned to the Canning Stock Route to retrace the journey he had made out of the desert 50 years earlier. Along the way he created this painting, which narrates the personal, historical and ancestral stories of his Country. The top line of white squares represents the waters from Kunawarritji north to Billiluna, and the bottom line, the Tingari Dreaming that dominates the artist's Country east of the stock route.
Kunawarritji [Well 33], Nyipil , Kinyu , Pangkapini [between 35 and 36], Kilykily , Lipuru , Wajaparni , Kukapanyu , Natawalu , Tiru , Kulyayi , Katajilkarr , Jimpirrinykarra , Jintijinti , Kujuwarri , Kartalapuru , Kurninarra [near 48], Kaningarra , Lampu , Jikarn , Kilangkilang [between 50 and 51], Kururrungku [Billiluna] That long way that I'm travelling.