Jiwara Sarah Brooks
Born late 1950’s
Manyjilyjarra language group, Karimarra skin group
Jiwara is the sister of Clifford Brooks and Mantyil May Brooks. Their father was the older brother of Rover Thomas. She visited Kunawarritji, her father’s country, for the first time as an adult and has since travelled back there often. Sarah joined the Canning Stock Route ‘return to Country’ trip in 2007, and participated in Canning Stock Route Project painting and basket making workshops at Kunawarritji in 2008.
2008. by Sarah Brooks
plant fibre, metal and beads, 11×24 cm
National Museum of Australia
Nalda Searles came to Parnngurr and we coiled baskets all night and all day. All night and all day – no sleep in Parnngurr!
Yuwali Janice Nixon, 2008
We gather the minari [a type of grass] from our own Country and we like lovely coloured wool. We design baskets to remind us of the piti [wooden dishes] we used to carry on our heads. Some women use tin bases, or try out different shapes or materials. It’s always lovely when we sit and weave together.
Nola Taylor, 2008