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Going Home

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Going Home

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People were jumping up saying, ‘I want to go to Warakurna!’ ‘Ngurraku!’ [my place] ... Everybody rolled up their swags, blankets, billycans. The children and old people went in the trucks and some other people were walking. We were all so happy to be going to our home. In our new communities, we didn’t have houses or a shop. We were living in wiltjas [traditional shelters] and tents.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing groups of people and four vehicles, against a multi-coloured dot infill background.
Going Home, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 768 x 1018 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

Warakurna was Porter's late husband's country. They moved there together in 1974 after a meeting with the newly established Department of Aboriginal Affairs raised the possibility of people moving back to their homelands.

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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