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Ngaanyatjarra Council's 30th Birthday Party

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Ngaanyatjarra Council's 30th Birthday Party

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In July 2011 it was Ngaanyatjarra Council’s 30th year anniversary. To celebrate there was a really big party at Old Wanarn. There was inma [ceremonial dancing and singing] and prizes. You can see a really big cake. All the tjitji [kids] lined up for a piece.

Jean Inyalanka Burke

A painting with an orange background depicting figures in rows around a brown table on which there is acake which one person is cutting.
Ngaanyatjarra Council's 30th Birthday Party, 2012, Jean Inyalanka Burke, acrylic on canvas, 760 x 1015 mm.
Jean Inyalanka Burke portrait.
Photo: Edwina Circuitt.

Jean Inyalanka Burke
1945–2012

Jean Inyalanka Burke was a multi-talented artist and storyteller, who had a major influence on the dynamic art scene at Warakurna with her acclaimed three-dimensional works in purnu (wood) and tjanpi (woven fibre). Her paintings built upon this background and extended her storytelling prowess.

Burke was born at a waterhole site known as Arnumarapirti, near Irrunytju (Wingellina). As a child she travelled with her family to the mission settlement of Ernabella, in South Australia.

When her mother died, Burke and her father, Mr Eddie, walked westward to Mount Margaret mission and then to Warburton Mission, where she attended school. Warakurna was Burke's husband's country.

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