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Lasseter Story

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Lasseter Story

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That Lasseter, he was travelling around by himself looking for gold. The camels had different tracks from all the other animals and Lasseter, his feet were funny too! He was wearing shoes. Everyone thought he was a mamu, devil man.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a person leading two camels through a hilly landscape.
Lasseter Story, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 768 x 1017 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

Harold Bell Lasseter was a prospector whose search for a fabled gold reef led to his death in the Petermann Range in 1931.

As a young child, Eunice Yunurupa Porter and her family walked the country that is recognised today as the communities of Mantamaru, Papulankutja and Irrunytju (Wingellina).

View a camel-pack saddle similar to those in Lasseter Story

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.

View other works by Eunice Yunurupa Porter

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