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Warman wangka, Martu wangka (Warman talking, Martu talking)

Helen Samson, Lily Long
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
120.5 x 92 cm
Martumili Artists


Blue one, water in the middle. Go up and down, sometimes camp in the sand dunes. Karlamilyi River going. Big one! Down they go and went in the lake near Derby, Munkayarra River. North Now. A big sea now. That’s a dreamtime one. Share the dream to Swan River, all in one. Walk, walk, walk, walk. Aboriginal people stay all the way along, old people do miles and miles walking, follow the lake. Puntawarri, same one. Martu language, Warman language. Same meeting. Puntawarri and Jigalong, south. This is the land of Puntawarri and Punmu.

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