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'Pangkapini, Minyipuru' by Mulyatingki Marney, 2007


'Pangkapini, Minyipuru' by Mulyatingki Marney, 2007

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"These are all the rockholes and soaks that lie on the western, northern and eastern sides of Karlamilyi. All the rockholes and soaks that I can remember today. My family took me from Pangkapirni when I was little. They took me to Karlamilyi where I was [nearly] drowned. I was [nearly] drowned in Jinturinypalangu (a pool in Karlamilyi) when I was very small. And then I grew up in Karlamilyi. [Before that] we lived around Pangkapirni and the Canning Stock Route. This area is sandy country and these are the water sources all around Mulylunyjarra and Wilykunyjany, which is a very big rockhole. I lived around there. Next to Mulylunyjarra is Kalyukarntuny, which is salty. There are [ephemeral] soaks there called Parlparl, Jinturinypala, Warnka and Puntarl. There is also a permanent water source at Puntarl. Kukulyurr has permanent water and is a place where Minyipuru (the Seven Sisters) stopped, sat down to rest and then travelled onwards. They also rested here, at Juntiwa [going west, towards Telfer]. The Seven Sisters also rested at Pangkaringka and Karlajaru. They landed at Juntiwa when they were coming from Pangkaringka. And this is the permanent water and the soak at Kunari. This is Yankalypa [going towards Lake Dora] and Natawalu (Well 40). When I was a child, travelling with my parents, we camped one night at Natawalu and kept on going. The Seven Sisters also rested there on their travels. There is always water at Kunalimpi. That is my mother's, uncle's and grandparents' country. My father lived there too. Some other places where the Seven Sisters stopped to rest are Kukulurrpa and Jarnu warla (a lake). At Pankarlpa the man who was chasing the Seven Sisters caught one of them. Some other soaks in this painting are Wurkunja yinta, Wulumaninta and Karlajarru. At Wawilypa, an old man (in the Dreamtime) made a hole. The Two Men stopped at Kanapurajanka and Parnkarlpa. At Pinjulpinja, they went into a dingo's hole, climbed upwards and changed themselves into trees on the side of a sandhill. This is Yaralnya, a permanent water source and this is Turungalinpa, near Parnngurr." [Mulyatingki Marney]

With the painting orientated as is, with the many little rockholes at the top and the sandhills at the bottom, then the direction of travel is a curling movement from right to left and then upwards. After that, the rockholes are named in an erratic pattern, as Mulyatingki remembered various locations.

This painting is featured in 'Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, NMA Press, 2017, p.60', ed. Margo Neale, The following statement accompanies the image. "Yurla, the man, was sleeping flat out with his belly on the ground. The ladies watched him sleep and when he woke up he grabbed one of them and slept with her ? The ladies made Yurla collect wood for them and promised to stay with him. They teased him, saying, 'Come and get us!' and he began to sing a man's song and ran away happy, his heart was beating fast. But the ladies were tricking him. They were floating in a long line in mid-air ? they made a kumpu [urinated] on his face, until he couldn't see anything ? he got a janga, a ladder of wood, and tried to reach them but they just floated higher and then kept pushing the ladder over when he got too close. He got tired and fell down, crawling on his stomach ? a long way and then slept, and while he was asleep the Seven Sisters all flew away ? Then he got up and walked towards the east. Poor old fella, he was trying and trying and trying." Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Mantararr Rosie Williams, Nora Wompi, Nora Nangapa and Ngalangka Nola Taylor, 2007, 2009

Physical description

A textured acrylic painting on canvas with lots of ovals with dotted edges in the top half of the painting and four vertical stripe filled shapes in the lower half. Most of the ovals are burgundy with a light pink or green-beige edge on a burgundy background. However at the centre right edge there are ovals in green, brown, and pink with a yellow dotted background. Amongst the ovals are several oblong, semicircle and curved shapes in burgundy with white dotted edges. The shapes at the bottom of the painting have dotted vertical stripes in orange, red, yellow, green, beige, white, burgundy and lavender. At the right edge there are two paint marks that look like dog paw prints in black and white. Along the left edge is the text '07-606 MARTUMILI PARNKAPINI MINYI PURU 152 X 90 MM/136/MM' and on the right edge is 'MULYATINKI MARNEY'. On the back of the canvas is a stamp with the text 'Cat # 136 / form. / The / Canning / Stock / Route / Project'.

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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