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Camel Cull

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Camel Cull

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You can see Mac Jensen [from the Feral Camel Management team] and Mr Bennett flying over country after the camels have been shot by the shooters. The camels break the country. They make a big mess in the soaks and rock-holes. That means no more marlu [kangaroos] and karlaya [emus] because there is not enough water for them.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

A painting depicting a landscape with hills in the background and two groups of camels running across the foreground . There is a cream-coloured helicopter in the blue sky in which there are two figures.
Camel Cull, 2012, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 760 x 1010 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 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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