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Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

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Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route features stories and stunning artworks from senior and emerging Aboriginal artists and traditional custodians who returned to their Country in Australia’s Western Desert.

Detail showing an artist's hand and paintbrush on a painting.
Warlayirti artist Elizabeth Nyumi painting at Kilykily (Well 36).
Photo: Tim Acker, 2007.

This website includes all artworks from the Yiwarra Kuju exhibition, which was developed by the National Museum of Australia and FORM, and toured Australia from 2010 to 2013.

A smaller version of the exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route, is on show at the Museum’s First Australians Focus Gallery in Canberra until June 2017.

International tour

Another exhibition, One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts, is touring Japan in 2016 and 2017.

The Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route graphic panel display is on show at Open Galleries Circuit, Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, 17 October to 4 December 2016, as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mexico.

Aboriginal stories

The Canning Stock Route is a track that was developed on Aboriginal homelands as mining and pastoral industries expanded in Western Australia.

Yiwarra Kuju tells the story of the route’s impact, and the importance of the country around it, interpreted through Aboriginal eyes and voices.

It is a story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return. Above all, it is a story of family, culture and Country.

Explore the Canning Stock Route story