ABSTRACT

In 1997 a collaboration of around 50 artists, representing the Walmajarri, Wangkajunga, Mangala and Juwaliny peoples of the Kimberley/Great Sandy Desert region of North West Australia (Anker 2005, 91) tendered an 18 × 12 metre canvas as evidence in their native title land claim. Known as the Ngurrara canvas, it depicts country south of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. It is described as ‘like looking at a giant map or an aerial view of the country … depict[ing] waterholes (Jila), dunes and rangelands special to several indigenous groups’ (ABC 2004).1 An image of the painting adorned one of Perth city’s metropolitan buses. The original hangs as a work of art in a private collection.