Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together
Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together
Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together
Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together

Wala Yapaneyeput, Water Together

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In honour of Kooka Yarmuk of the Ulupna Clan, Yorta-Yorta Tribe – speaker of five Aboriginal dialects including French and English – my great-grandmother. Her daughters were taken from her while they were at school while she was washing clothes as a domestic for a white family. She travelled around the countryside on Cobb and Co Coach in search of her babies all the way to Queensland but did not find them. Years later they returned home to her as women. Yarmuk was a teacher and translator of language and it is here I pay my respects to her legacy. This is the story of her translation and song – Burra Ferra, ‘wala’ (water) coming ‘yapaneyeput’ (together).

Simone Thomson

* This artwork is also available as a print

Acrylic on stretched canvas - 1220 x 1220 cm. Ready to hang.

* All images, stories and Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property remain that of the Artist.

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Our paper Fine Art Prints are meticulously printed to order through Upstream Colour in Northcote, Melbourne. Your print will arrive in acid-free sleeves safeguarded in protective tubes or envelopes.

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Our original pieces are part of our spirit. They are are created with pieces of ourselves and our sacred cultural knowledge. We take the transporting of such special creations very seriously, therefore all originals are firstly wrapped in layers of foam wrapping before several layers of bubble wrap. The pieces are then fitted into customised cardboard boxes and labelled with fragile stickers. They are then placed into the hands of the experts and transported to their new home. 

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My connection to country

My inspiration

My people are river people, we are spiritually connected to the Dhungala (the Murray River) and the Birrarung (the Yarra River). I grew up around these rivers, I grew up between Cummergunga on Yorta-Yorta country and at the foothills of the Dandenongs at Corranderk on Woiwurrung land. These are the resting places of my ancestors.