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PEPPIMENARTI

PEPPIMENARTI


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Building Nimbi In 1973, Harry Wilson with his wife Regina Wilson and his father Brandy Mingun and wife Lulu started Peppimenarti by leaving the Daly River mission with about 300 people. The move was so they could preserve our culture and to look after the land. Without land and culture we would be nobody, people without identity. The Peppimenarti archive is named Nimbi (old cultural ways). Our ancestor’s used Nimbi to practice our culture, and pass on many stories, art, tools, weapons and hunting practices to their children. This has been the way of traditional cultural knowledge for thousands of years, and is still instilled in us to this very day. We are responsible for our Community and the day to day caring for country. Our community began as a way to practice Nimbi. An archive is important so that old cultural ways can never be forgotten. It is for us and our children and their children the generations to come, but also other communities. We want to share Nimbi with the outside world. Regina Wilson, Malcolm Wilson, Karl Lukarnovic & Nunuk Wilson


Building Peppimenarti Peppimenarti started off as a cattle station. There were 500–600 people in the community then, and the station employed just about everybody. My Dad was the boss for that. The majority of people who came here, Peppimenarti was their country, or their country was around there. He established the school at Peppimenarti in the early 80s. He was a hard man to live with, Harold, but if he wanted something, he wouldn’t let you sleep until he got it. At the start there was just a tin shed. Someone from the education department would come out from Darwin to teach the kids. Big mob used to go to school in the mornings. Then the demountable [classrooms] came on the barge, and were dragged 50 kilometres down the coast. The old fellas went there with a grader and bulldozer to tow them back here. Nowadays there are about 150–200 people here. A lot of them move around in the dry season, go back to outstations, when it rains come back in, or move on to another community. Harold Wilson Junior (Extract from Artlink, Vol. 36, No. 2, Jun 2016: 38-41) In loving memory of the late Harold Wilson Junior 05/09/68 - 02/07/17


Index 1. 2. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.

Dede Upidy Nimbi / First settlement of Peppimenarti (Front Cover) Peppimenarti Malarrgu / Fresh Water Turtle Kuri Yeawer / Sea Water Nandu Winyingincadatch/ Horse Watching Mardiwidi / Playing Kagu Wanim Wawu / Mustering Wuponbirdbi / Horse Mustering Wurdcarma Wunim / Ready To Go Work Mordiga Dinchadcat / Boggy Yaninggishsi Yanimfarkud / Boat Broken Down Dede Mudgurnimbi / First Ever Settled Camping Ground Yard Widimpuppop / Hanging On The Yard Widminginpudwa Bullicky / Ready For Branding Deme Wurrmirri / Getting Ready For Ceremony Yedichadmushae Wedimwurrich Yagarma / Old Men Making Woomera Yengi Wayiimpul / Dry Season Fire Burning Turtle Hunting / Wanim Wawu Marlarrgu Nandu Winingin Kerrech / Horse Watch Wulfarga Widmingin Kal / Mustering Buffalo Mormba-Warwu / Catching Cow’s Awa Marrgu Bugarm Wuni Fifili Yerr Fepi Ngini / Copper Mine Mumbe Wanim Kana / Going For A Trip Air Plane Demput Karner / Plane Taking Off Arwapudpud Wunim College Karna / Kids Going Back To College Wuldumbut Mordiga / Road Train Accident


Index 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43.

Mordiga Yadcadae / Big Truck Kargu Wunim Karna/ Ready For Hunting Kingidy Truck / Culture Truck Miyi Kuna/ Dinner Camp Ngirri Ne Wetcheri Dim Nanama Slim Dusty Joy Dem Wuritch Kana Nanama / Peppimenarti Community Made Film With Slim Dusty and His Wife Joy And Today We Call That Place Slim Dusty Flat Slim Dusty, Wife Joy and Daughter Anne Stayed for Two Weeks And Wrote Song About Our Beautiful Country Called Peppimenarti Deme Widim Yaldichadmushae / Mens Way Kurri Dim Far Far / Water Flowing Kurri Dim Fuy Fuy / Running Water Wul Weti Mu Dim Chur Churr / Babe Having Bath Wulmamid Weti / Baby Girl Warrimbirr Fimichartit / Learning At School Yadi Widimbam Charlark / Man Standing and Watching Warnim Mardiwiri / Sports Carnival Witibem Charlark / Ready For Photo Wulwatimu Madapan Wedi / Girls With Sand Palm Madapan Dim Fufu With Bright / Dying Sand Palm With Bright Colour Yedichadmushea Yerr Kunbi Wedi / Old Men Standing With Didjeridu Yedi Ngarngu Wudim Fi Michartit Yerr Yugarma / The Elders Are Teaching Young Boys

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Culture Work Wulman / Strong Leader Who Passed Away Many Years Ago Wa-watimu Mardiwidi / Boy Playing Who Is Now a Strong Leader of Peppimenarti As

Government Business Manager


Index 46. Wul Weti / Little Girl Getting Ready To Have Culture Dance 47. Wungga Wunim Pudpud Corberee Dance / Culture Dancing Burning Belongings For Our Deceased People 48. Awa Pud Pud Witi Bam Mangmin Yad Pud Pud Ngini / Children Are Waiting For Presents 49. Wulman Darum Pec Durrmu Wungga Ngini / Getting Ready For Culture Dance 50. Wudipun Ngili / Smoking Ceremony 51. Yangi Wirrimpul Yanim Mormba Lanan / Fire Burning on the Road 52. Wunim Wurrcarma / Working 53. Yadi Wurrcarma Wunim Mormba/ Man Working on the Road 54. Witibem Charlark / Ready For Photo 55. Wa Wetimu / Little Boy 56. Dungim Pac Syaw / Painting on Canvas 57. Madiwirri Deme / String Game 58. Wunim Chuchurr / Kids Swimming in The Sea 59. Kargu Angarni Amurri / Collecting Goose Egg’s 60. Yadi Yanin Chur Churr Marlargu Ngini / Young Man Catching Turtle 61. Wulgiman Marlargu Wedi / Lady With A Turtle 62. Durrmu Arts Open Day / Ngerringchatar Detchengi 63. Old Tuwa / Managing the Shop (Back Cover) Text by Regina Wilson, Nunuk Wilson, Leaya Wilson and Malcolm Wilson


Acknowledgements We wish to acknowledge the community members of Peppimenarti who provided permission to use their images. All the different photographers over the years that have generously contributed to the Peppimenarti archive to enable the production of this publication. And, the partner organisations supporting the development of local media practices. We especially wish to say thanks to Carmel Brown, Matt Peacock, Joy McKean, Bob Woodward, Arthur Palmer, Robyn Hodgson, Father Martin Wilson, Phil Kenyon, Vanessa Bellemore, Cassie De Colling, Doug and Sue Thompson. 


Credits Cultural Director: Regina Pilawuk Wilson Editor: Robert Lazarus Lane Executive Officer: Kade McDonald Translator: Regina Pilawuk Wilson Malcolm Wilson Archive Officer: Leaya Wilson Text Editor: Nunuk Wilson Naiya Wilson Community Liaison: Karl Lukarnovic Cultural Advisor: Henry Wilson Designer: Robert Lazarus Lane


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The community of Peppimenarti was re-established in the 1970’s, when Regina Pilawuk Wilson and her late-husband Harry led the Ngan’gikurungg...

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The community of Peppimenarti was re-established in the 1970’s, when Regina Pilawuk Wilson and her late-husband Harry led the Ngan’gikurungg...

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