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'Kalyuyangku' by Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari), 2007

2008.0041.0051

'Kalyuyangku' by Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari), 2007

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Description

"Kalyuyangku is flat Country east of the Canning Stock Route between Kunawarritji (well 33) and Jupiter Well. My father's Country. Tingari Country and also Wati Kutjarra (Two Men) place. The Wati Kutjarra were cousin-brothers, Tjampitjin and Tjapaljarri, travelling north-east." [Richard Yukenbarri Tjakamarra]

Physical description

A brown toned painting on brown linen of horizontal brown wavy lines with white dotted lines between them on a solid black background. The lines start from the lower left corner and flow to the top right.On the bottom edge is the text '152 x 76 cm RY/88/PT' then a stamp with text 'Cat # 88 / form. / The / Canning / Stock / Route / Project' and further along the same edge '60 x 30'.

Statement of significance

The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

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