"In living water there is a quiet snake. Sometimes he rises up, but we sing him down sometimes he can travel and bring rain. Ilyarra is my country Ilyarra, where I grew up. Lots of tali [sand dunes] and jila in this country. This big dog country."
Jan Billycan (Djan Nanudie) grew up in Ilyarra country. In this country there are jila (living water) including Karrparti, Kawarr, Jurntiwa, and Wirrguj. Other places include Dodo, Kartal, Kiriwirri and Yukarri. When Jan was young she walked all around these places with her parents.
Sadly, Jan passed away in April 2015. She will be greatly missed.
Jan is represented by Short Street Gallery, Broome.
Courtesy of Short Street Gallery