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Titjikala Oval

Doris Thomas
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
76.5 x 122 cm
Tangentyere Artists


Eagles in the sky. Community footy fans in front of the big red sandhills all around. Chambers Pillar t-shirts. They putting with my idea! In the old days with the tin houses, old people was training, playing footy. Choose team with different sort of skin. They say ‘You wrong skin, we right skin’ and the wrong skin wore t-shirt and the right skin was no t-shirt. We was laughing when they was playing. Old people, when I was young girl. That was so funny. So I was thinking in my mind this was my idea, my memory when I was young. When I went to Amoonguna, granddaughter, she get a house and I was there just for a day. Anyway, this woman from Jay Creek was fighting, that woman was talking to my granddaughter saying ‘you not belong this country! You’ll have to move! This MY country. I make a bed out on the veranda outside, when this old man I didn’t even know was there, said ‘They can stay. They from Titjikala. They connected to here’. That Eagle see? Anyway that old man spoke up. I got such a fright. I didn’t even know he was there. So still. So quiet. Just watching, listening. Anyway, he spoke and we stayed. It was okay. We were welcome there by that old man. No need to make big trouble. Right skin for here. Wrong skin for here. Room for everyone, like Titjikala old days.

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