One of the Warlpiri drawings, Meggitt drawing number 49.

One of the Warlpiri drawings, Meggitt drawing number 49.

Remembering the future

During the mid-1950s, 130 Warlpiri people - the traditional owners of the vast Tanami Desert, north-west of Alice Springs - were forcibly removed from their land and relocated to a new government settlement.

Homesickness drove some to walk back hundreds of kilometres across the desert, yet others stayed, finding creative ways to make a new home for themselves.

Recently, a series of vibrant crayon drawings dating back to the 1930s made by the Warlpiri people were uncovered by Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Melinda Hinkson.

The drawings provide a mesmerising glimpse of how Warlpiri people saw their place across a momentous period of change.