Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing, WA
Kimberley Art, Vic
Private Collection, Vic
This work was a Finalist in the 2005 Kimberley Art Prize
Artwork Size: 51 x 73 cm
Framed Size: 76 x 96 cm
Senior law woman Nyuju Stumpy Brown was a custodian for ancestral lands, Ngapawarlu, in the Great Sandy Desert. During an art career that spaned from the 1980s until 2008 she recreated the desert sites that she knew from her childhood, focusing on the Dreaming stories that belong to Ngapawarlu.
The accompanying inscription reads:
"My country – Ngupawarlu. Near Canning Stock Route. Living water, but salty one. You can drink him cold time, but not when he's hot – gets too salty. One woman been travelling in Dreamtime. Whole lot of women travelling, stop at that place Ngupawarlu. They travelling on law business. Big mob – going Alice Springs way. Trees all around – hide that waterhole. Then sandhill, jilji country all around. Like a big lake, trees grow inside lake. You can drink from side of lake – too salty in middle of lake."