Image: Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route (#1)

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route (#1)

Tiwa 2008 by Lily Long, Martumili Artists.

This is the Canning Stock Route. This is the big hill where, a long time ago, my mother, father, my sister, Amy, and my brother used to live. We would sometimes climb up on that hill and see drovers. They put the government well (26) next to Tiwa jurnu (soak) when they were building the stock route.

The hills in this painting, Partujarapili, relate to the Jukurrpa story of an old woman who tried to poison the ancestral heroes Wati Kutjarra. These ancestral narratives found sad echoes in stock route history as well.

This used to happen to Aboriginal people on the Canning Stock Route too. My auntie’s husband was poisoned by white people. They used to leave bullock leg with poison for people to eat.

© Lily Long, Martumili Artists.

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