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Waiting for Shop

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Waiting for Shop

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They would wait for the [mission] shop so they could change papa-ku skins [dingo pelts] with the shopkeeper and get some food or rations. In winter time people would sit around a fire and wait while all the tjitji [children] played nearby.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing brick buildings and groups of people, some working with or trading goods, and some standing in lines.
Waiting for Shop, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 762 x 768 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.
Eunice Yunurupa Porter portrait.
Photo: Tim Acker.


Eunice Yunurupa Porter
born 1948
Yiparrka skin group

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is a respected leader and artist in the Warakurna community. She was born at Wirrkural on the Jameson road out of Warburton mission, and lived with her family in the bush before attending school at Warburton mission from about the age of 10.

In 1974 Porter moved to Warakurna, the country of her late husband, where she still lives with her children and grandchildren. She painted a limited number of works for the Warburton Arts project in the early 1990 and began painting with Warakurna Artists in mid-2005, where she rapidly became one of its most exciting emerging artists with her vibrant interpretations of powerful Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) and contemporary stories.

Porter is a well-known dancer and ritual leader who regularly participates in turlku (ceremony). She was elected to Warakurna Artists Executive at its inception and has been the chairperson since 2006. For many years she has also had a leadership role in community development projects.

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