Warakurna to Wanarn Health Walk
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Our old friend Thisbe Purich coordinated the walk. We used Toyotas and fire to clear a track.
Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2012
We walked 90 kilometres over nine days. Everyone had a lovely time eating bush food like tirngka [goannas], kampurarrpa [bush raisins] and yarngurli [bush plums]. All our sugars went down.
Jean Inyalanka Burke, 2012
Eunice Yunurupa Porter
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 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.