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Making the Cut Line with Len Beadell

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Making the Cut Line with Len Beadell

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That first road went to Giles weather station. It went up to the north going Patjarr way and back around to [Warburton] Ranges. Len Beadell-ku road [Len Beadell’s road]. We were young children at Warburton school when the bulldozers first came ... Some tjitji [children] were really frightened, crying and running away. They thought it was mamu [devil].

Jean Inyalanka Burke

An acrylic painting on canvas in predominantly yellow tones, showing three tractors with people standing around them.
Making the Cut Line with Len Beadell,, 2011, Jean Inyalanka Burke, acrylic on canvas, 510 x 1525 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.
Jean Inyalanka Burke portrait.
Photo: Edwina Circuitt.

Jean Inyalanka Burke

Jean Inyalanka Burke was a multi-talented artist and storyteller, who had a major influence on the dynamic art scene at Warakurna with her acclaimed three-dimensional works in purnu (wood) and tjanpi (woven fibre). Her paintings built upon this background and extended her storytelling prowess.

Burke was born at a waterhole site known as Arnumarapirti, near Irrunytju (Wingellina). As a child she travelled with her family to the mission settlement of Ernabella, in South Australia.

When her mother died, Burke and her father, Mr Eddie, walked westward to Mount Margaret mission and then to Warburton Mission, where she attended school. Warakurna was Burke's husband's country.

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