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Series AA346/20
Crayon drawings relating to the Yuendumu expedition, Northern Territory, 1951.
Board for Anthropological Research Expedition P
Date Range1951
Quantity100 cm, 3 crayon drawings in 1 archive box
ProvenanceBoard for Anthropological Research
Description

This series comprises drawings by Aboriginal people that were commissioned by members of the Board for Anthropological Research party whilst on expedition. The process is best described by Charles Pearcy Mountford in 'Aboriginal Crayon Drawings', Records of the South Australian Museum, Vol. 6, pp 1-28: 'Sheets of brown wrapping paper, approximately 50 cm. by 30 cm., were distributed, together with [red, yellow, black and white] crayons..it was especially desired that nothing external should influence the choice either of the subject, the colours chosen or the method of drawing'. The Aboriginal person 'was asked only to make marks (walka) on his paper'. (p5)

Mountford adds that intitially 'simple drawings of everyday things of aboriginal life were made, such as kangaroos, emus, trees, camps and waterholes' but after a week, confidence was gained and 'drawings relating to the travels and exploits of the aborginal's mythical ancestors began to be produced by the older man. From that time onward, no difficulty was experienced in obtaining designs, in fact, it was unfortunate that, as only a limited amount of time was available for interpretation of the detail, and the recording of the data, the distribution of sheets had to be curtailed.' (p6)

Drawing collected and annotated by: Norman Tindale

For further information see:

  • 'Copy of Journal made on Expedition to Yuendumu, Central Australia. 13 August - 1st September 1951. By Norman B. Tindale.' (AA 338/4/30)
  • Sutton, Peter, 1998, 'Aboriginal Maps and Plans', The History of Cartography, volume Two, Book Three, Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Artic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, David Woodward and G Malcolm Lewis (editors), The University of Chicago Press, pp 387-416.

ArrangedNumerical. Imposed by archives.

Inventory Listing

AA 346/20/1

'Yuendumu C.A. P26... 18 Aug 1951'

 

Black and brown drawing of spirals, arch shapes and lines.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'ngapulu', 'puduru springs on head', 'big place at Konadjari paintings in cave represent the woman tjukurupa. Women started at Ganakulangu (N of Mt Singleton' and 'Kanda tjukurupa of Konadjarai in a bulka of it'.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/20/1
Date Range 18 August 1951
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Unmounted Artworks and Drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/20/1
Box Number 1
Series AA346/20

AA 346/20/2

'Wanigi drawn by Rufus, Yuendumu, 18 Aug. 51'

  This item is restricted.
 

Brown, black and white drawing of a wanigi by Rufus.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/20/2
Date Range 18 August 1951
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Unmounted Artworks and Drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/20/2
Box Number 1
Series AA346/20

AA 346/20/3

'Wanigi of malu P26 19 Aug.51. Yurndumu C.A. NB Tindale'.

  This item is restricted.
 

Black and brown drawing of a wanigi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/20/3
Date Range 18 August 1951
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Unmounted Artworks and Drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/20/3
Box Number 1
Series AA346/20