Walu – the name of an important rock hole

Size: 30 x 30cm; acrylic on linen canvas

Catalogue Number: 81-20


Walu was one of the places the Ngaanyatjarra people were able to prove belonged to them. It formed part of the claim to Native Title which was the subject of the largest native title determination in Australian history. On 29 June 2005 the claim to 187,000 sq km in Western Australia was acknowledged.

Walu is a large flat rock at ground level with three deep holes which collect water during the rainy season. There are smooth shiny patches on the surface where the women have ground seeds for bush cakes. It was a popular place for many of the Ngaanyatjarra to gather for swimming, collecting food and access to water.