Jukuja Dolly Snell
Born about 1933
Wangkajunga language group, Nampijin skin group
My mother told me, ‘Daughter there’s a whitefella on a horse coming!’ I ran and hid in a creek bed. My mother was still sitting there. After he left she went and got me from my hiding place, telling me, ‘He’s gone now, that man. Let’s keep walking’. [At] Pankupiti, I told my mother, ‘Can you kill that animal with woolly hair?’ It was a sheep. ‘I won’t kill it,’ she said, ‘It belongs to the white man.’ ‘But I’m hungry!’ I said. She said, ‘No. I am taking you away.’
Dolly was born at Kurtal. When her father passed away she travelled with her mother to Balgo, then Louisa Downs and Kupartiya (Bohemia Downs) stations where she worked and eventually married her childhood sweetheart, Spider Snell.
2007, by Jukuja Dolly Snell
acrylic on canvas, 89×90 cm
National Museum of Australia
This is my Country, my uncle’s side near Kurtal. These aren’t proper waterholes; only one good one. Lot of mungalpa [grass] and janturntu [paperbark], that short one. It grows near the waterhole.
Dolly’s father passed away at Jitirr.