Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route featured stories and stunning artworks from senior and emerging Aboriginal artists and traditional custodians who returned to their Country in Australia’s Western Desert.
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.
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.
Works from the Canning Stock Route collection toured Japan in 2016–17 in the exhibition One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts.
The Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route display created in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been seen in more than 40 countries. This includes Mexico, where it coincided with celebrations marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mexico.
The Canning Stock Route collection
The works in this collection were painted in 2007 and tell the story of the Canning Stock Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians. It is a story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return, seen through Aboriginal eyes, and interpreted through their voices, art and new media.