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Kamule arunthe (Many camels)

Johnny Young Perrule
Copper wire, string, canvas, cardboard and cotton
29 x 11 x 29 cm / 30 x 10 x 27 cm / 23 x 9 x 28 cm
Tapatjatjaka Art & Craft Centre


Same as my cousin and uncles, I was born with wire in my blood. I learned from my uncles who used to carve rocks. I watched them from when I was a young boy, and then Justin Hayes showed me how to make animals with a battery and nails. I started using wires from old motors and making kangaroo, horses and camels. Making them with wire is my way, I have the idea, and the shape just comes out through my hands with the wire. Camels have played a large part in the lives of Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Many people would use camels to transport goods or their families to visit relations in distant areas. Camel trains were often used in place of bullocks to cart heavy loads such as salt to supply the Station meat house. The camels could walk long distances and were different to a horse in that they could get by for much longer without daily water.

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