Born about 1950
Manyjilyjarra language group, Karimarra skin group
Marjorie Yates is the wife of senior Martu man Jeffrey James, who passed away in 2008. After establishing Kunawarritji Community in the 1980’s, she and her husband raised their children there. Marjorie lives at Kunawarritji today with her children and grandchildren.
Canning Stock Route and surrounding country
2008, by Kumpaya Girgaba, Ngamaru Bidu, Mabel Warkarta, Nola Taylor, Thelma Judson, Marjorie Yates, Dulcie Gibbs, Yuwali Janice Nixon, Rosie Williams, Nora Nangapa, Bugai Whylouter, Nora Wompi, Jakayu Biljabu and Morika Biljabu
acrylic on canvas, 292×129 cm
National Museum of Australia
This painting, which was produced by 14 women artists at Kunawarritji (Well 33), represents a stretch of Country crossed by the Canning Stock Route. It depicts a number of the waterholes that were made into wells, but many other permanent and ephemeral water sources are also included. When the Canning Stock Route was in use as a droving
highway, many of the artists relied on these other waters to ensure their safe passage through this contested land.