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Holiday Time

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Holiday Time

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We would camp there with the other families and go out hunting. At night when the children went to sleep the mothers and fathers would dance and sing. It was a good time.

Families went in all directions. At first, we used to walk to Wirrkural, my birth country. Later the missionaries would bring rations and clothes to Snake Bore. We would camp there with the other families and go out hunting.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing people and animals, against a predominantly purple dot infill background. Some of the people carry baskets on their heads.
Holiday Time, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 765 x 765 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

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During school holidays, children left the mission and returned home to live a traditional life with their parents.

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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