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Alan Joshua’s colorful painting that illustrates the Ngukurr painting style to see in ‘Bla Mela Kantri’

posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.03.21

Appointment:
26.03.21: 10.05.21

Site: Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Center in Katherine, NT

OK – I wonder if you can make sense of my title Kriol for this story ??? Because it is the title of an exhibition exploring different representations of landscapes around Ngukurr, the township in the south of Arnhemland where many tribes met on the banks of the Roper river.

Here’s a clue – Kantri, of course, is Country. So the set means ‘Our country‘. And with that as a very brief clue to how Kriol works, mixing up the phonetic spellings of English words with the local language, here’s the rest of the Ngukurr statement (with translation):

Mela wek im luk la olwan stail en nyuwan stail. Mela luk la kantri in koltja bla mela wek, mikstimapbat olwan in nyuwan.

Our work draws inspiration from both new and old styles. Our work turns to the country and the culture. We mix the old with the new.

Longtaim, loda difrendifren traib bin gaman la ol mishin, bla bi seif burrum ola munanga hu bin kilimbat blakbala. Til didei, mela stil gadim bigmob traib jidanbat la Ropa. Mela Ngalakgan, Alawa, Mangarrayi, Ngandi, Marra, Warndarrang, Nunggubuyu, Ritharrngu-Wägilak and Rembarrnga pipul, in mela gulu mijel Yugul Manggi mijimit.

Long ago, many different tribes took refuge in the Roper River Mission, fleeing the massacres perpetrated by ranchers in the area. Today we still have many tribes living here in Ngukurr. We are Ngalakgan, Alawa, Mangarrayi, Ngandi, Marra, Warndarrang, Nunggubuyu, Ritharrngu-Wägilak and Rembarrnga, and together we are called Yugul Manggi.

Yu gin luk dis histri la ola atwek la Ngukurr Arts. Ebirribodi gadim difrendifren tail. Ebirribodi paintedim difrendifren ting na. Bat wan ting im seim la ebirribodi stail, im ol brabili braitwan in strongbalawan.

You can see this story in our work at Ngukurr Arts. Our work shows a great diversity of styles and subjects, but our works all have boldness and luminosity in common.

Mela olpipul laik Ginger Riley, Gertie Huddlestone, Sambo Barra Barra and Maureen Thomson bin ol feimis bla yusim loda braitwan kala in burdiwan stail bla shoum alabat kantri. Mela stil bulurrum alabat didei the Ngukurr Arts.

Our Elders have come before us, including Ginger Riley, Gertie Huddlestone, Sambo Barra Barra and Maureen Thomson. They were all known to have used adventurous styles and bright colors to paint their country. We still follow them today at Ngukurr Arts.

Dijan eksibishin im Bla Mela Kantri. Bla mela kantri brabili impotin la mela. Mela kantri im mela laif. Mela painting ma shoum mela ekspiriens la kantri na.

This exhibition shows Our country. Our country is exceptionally important to us. Our country is our life The country is our life. Our paintings show how we live our country. the country is our life. Our paintings show how we live our country.

Disma painting im bla shoum ebirribodi, munanga in blakbala, wi kantri. Bat im rili bla lenim mela biginini mob bla koltja du. Wen mela paintedim kantri mela gibit mesij la mela biginini, im dali alabat dat kantri im impotinwan.

These paintings should show everyone, white and native, our country. But the most important thing is also to teach culture to our children. When we paint our country, we give our children a message; this country is important. .

And the “ours” in this exhibit are Jill Daniels, Karen Rogers, Betty Roberts, Alan Joshua, and Joyce Huddleston.

Unfortunately, this first Ngukurr art exhibition since ‘Country Color‘shot in 2009/10, can only be seen at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Center in Katherine, NT from
March 26 to May 10.

But, now that you are an expert in reading Kriol, I must mention that the opening of the exhibition will also feature the launch of Ngukurr woman, the children’s book by Karen Rodger, “Main Abijah” – that, of course, you can all translate as ‘My grandfather‘. This is a delightfully illustrated book (by the author) of Allen & Unwin in which Karen recalls her childhood and the powerful influence her Abijah had in teaching her about the country, hunting and fishing, life of the breeder and what the author calls Koltja wei – cultural paths. Because Karen Rodgers initiated the project in Kriol and received translation assistance. A QR code allows you to hear it read in both languages.

And I tested it on my four year old grandson, and I can assure you a new respect grew in his eyes as we read on! Rogers also had practice – she lives with her family in Ngukurr and has five children, eight grandchildren and a great grandson.

Url: https://gyracc.org.au/exhibition/bla-mela-kantri-our-counrty/

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The cover of Karen Rogers’ children’s book, ‘Main Abija – My Grandad’.

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A Classic Landscape by the late Angelina George of Ngukurr, ‘Near Ruined City’ (2007)


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