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Warakurna to Wanarn Health Walk

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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

A painting depicting a blue sky and a line of trees in the background . Across the centre there are three four-wheel drives, all of which have luggage tied to the roof and two of which are pulling trailers. In the foreground there is a row of men, a row of women and several children walking across the landscape.
Warakurna to Wanarn Health Walk, 2012, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 1015 x 1215 mm.
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 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.

View other works by Eunice Yunurupa Porter

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