Thomas Jangala Rice (left) was featured in NBC's short film for the
2000 Olympics on Aboriginal art and culture. He is a man who "holds
the law," a custodian of ceremonies and traditional knowledge for
the Warlpiri people. He He came along on the bush trip in the role of
kurdungurlu or "policeman" of the country and its stories,
to insure that the stories were told properly.
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart (right)
known as Cookie, is the chairman of Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artists
and was instructed in the Yiwarra or Milky Way Dreaming, an important
Japaljarri/Jungurrayi story cycle, by Paddy Japaljarri Sims. Although
Cookie is not kirda or owner of this story and this is not Cookie's
country we're about to visit, as a Japaljarri "brother" Cookie
will assist Paddy Sims in the making of the Milky Way/Night Sky painting
upon returning from this trip.