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Rosella NAMOK

Ungkum/Angkum people

Lockhart River, Eastern Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia born 1979

Old girls...yarn for us young girls... about country and family 2004 Place made: Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Dimensions: 180.0 h x 45.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.53.A-E

From before time…Kuuku Ya’u…Lockhart River sandbeach people…talk in the sand. Mission came…teachers showed people how to draw…today kids learn to write…but we still talk in the sand. Those old girls…they yarn for us…they remember before time…they were small girls…grandmothers for them talk in the sand for them. When I was small…I remember ‘Queen’…grandmother for me…remember she yarned to me…drew in the sand for me…about before time. Old girls yarn…specially when they make necklaces or weaving…always yarn about when they were young. One old lady will draw in the sand…they will yarn about grass and Puunya…show you where to walk…go find things.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra