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Series AA346/11
Crayon drawings relating to the Cockatoo Creek expedition, Northern Territory, 1931.
Board for Anthropological Research Expedition G
Date Range1931, some items are undated
Quantity100 cm, 22 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)

Each artist was identified by their data card identifier: see AA 346/4/13

Drawing collected and annotated by: Norman Tindale

For further information see:

  • 'Expedition G. Expedition to Cockatoo Creek, Central Australia. August 6-27, 1931. Journal and field notes by Norman B. Tindale. 1931'. (AA 338/1/7)
  • 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 346/11/1

'No.4. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug.1931'

 

Black, red, yellow and light brown line drawings.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'kangaroo', 'euro' and 'emu'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Yarukulu.

Previously numbered 22.

Tindale Tribes: Anmatjera.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/1
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/1
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/2

'No.6. Cokatoo Creek, C.A. Aug. 1931'

 

Black and yellow line drawings.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'kangaroo' and 'emu'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Walangari.

Previously numbered 23 and 41.

Tindale Tribes: Anmatjera.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/2
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/2
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/3

'No.8. Cockatoo Creek, CA. August 1931, left handed'

 

Black, yellow and red drawing.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Tjanarungunya.

Previously numbered 24 and 42.

Tindale Tribes: Anmatjera.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/3
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/3
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/4

'No.12. Cockatoo Creek, CA. 20 August 1931, R. Pulleine'

 

Black drawing of a spiral and lines.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'wargumma', 'wanna', 'manaketi' and 'manageti'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Wardabi tjukurba.

Previously numbered 25.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri; Ngalia.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/4
Date Range 20 August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/4
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/5

'No.12. Cockatoo Creek. August 1931'

 

Yellow drawing of emu tracks and a spiral.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Wardabi tjukurba.

Previously numbered 26 and 44.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri; Ngalia.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/5
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/5
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/6

'No.18. Cockatoo Creek, CA. August 1930'

  This item is restricted.
 

Black, red and yellow drawing of animals tracks and ceremonial objects.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Padiki.

Previously numbered 27 and 45.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/6
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/6
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/7

'No.19 (see data cards for further information). Cockatoo Creek, CA. August 1931'

 

Black red and yellow line drawing of concentric circles and animal tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Kanyala.

Previously numbered 28 and 46.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/7
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/7
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/8

'No.20 native. Cockatoo Creek, CA. August 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of animal tracks, concentric circles and spirals.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Ittaki.

Previously numbered 29 and 47.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/8
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/8
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/9

'No.23. Cockatoo Creek, CA. August 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawings of animal tracks, concentric circles and spirals.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Waweri tjukurupa.

Previously numbered 32 and 48.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/9
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/9
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/10

'No.42. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of ceremonial objects, a snake, a spider and a tree.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Tenyilkara.

Previously numbered 33 and 49.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/10
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/10
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/11

'No.43. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of concentric circles, semi-circles and animal tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Tjunkara.

Previously numbered 34 and 50.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/11
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/11
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/12

'No.44. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Red drawing of concentric circles and short straight lines.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'manda'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Mulakai.

Previously numbered 35 and 51.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/12
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/12
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/13

'No.44. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

  This item is restricted.
 

Black, red and yellow drawing of ceremonial objects and animal tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Mulakai.

Previously numbered 37 and 52.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/13
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/13
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/14

'No.55. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Red drawing of a concentric circle and radiating lines.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'minyingalla'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Yambiyamba.

Previously numbered 38 and 53.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/14
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/14
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/15

'No.55. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of concentric circles, semi-circles and lines.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'kylie', 'wama', 'watyan', 'watyana', 'maraguru' and 'wana'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Yambiyamba.

Previously numbered 39 and 54.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/15
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/15
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/16

'No.55. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931. NB Tindale'

 

Red drawing of concentric circles, meandering lines and animal tracks.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'minyingalla', 'marakuru' and 'emu'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Yambiyamba.

Previously numbered 40.

Tindale Tribes: Walpiri.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/16
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/16
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/17

'No number. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of concentric circles, lines and animal tracks.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'kangaroo' and 'emu'.

Previously numbered 41 and 56.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/17
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/17
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/18

'No number. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Black, red, yellow and light brown drawing of circles and animal tracks.

Previously numbered 42 and 57.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/18
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/18
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/19

'No number. Cockatoo Creek, CA. Aug. 1931'

 

Red, black and yellow drawing of concentric circles and wavy lines.

Previously numbered 43 and 58.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/19
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/19
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/20

'Cockatoo Creek, C.A. Aug. 1931, No.22'

 

Yellow, black and orange drawing of lines and spirals.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'wameo', 'euro', 'karama', 'alupe' and 'lubba'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Kanyala.

Previously numbered 109 and 22.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/20
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/20
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/21

'Cockatoo Creek, C.A. Aug 1931'

 

Brown, orange, yellow and black drawing.

Previously numbered 108.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/21
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/21
Series AA346/11

AA 346/11/22

'Native No44 Cockatoo Creek Au. 1931'

 

Black drawing including spirals.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'kangaroo'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/13) identify the artist as Mulakai.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/11/22
Date Range August 1931
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Inventory Identifier AA 346/11/22
Series AA346/11