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NPY Women's Council

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

NPY Women's Council

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I’ve been doing work with Women’s Council for a long time. We talk about things that are important in our communities, things that make us worry, like wama [alcohol], petrol [sniffing], gunja [marijuana], caring for pampa and tjilpi [older women and men] and tjitji [children]. We also talk about the things that are making us happy like women’s law and culture.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing three people sitting under a structure, with more people seated and standing around them. The background is made up of yellow, orange and brown dot infill.
NPY Women's Council, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 1020 x 770 x 35 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter has represented Warakurna on the NPY (Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara) Women's Council executive. She is a strong advocate for women's and community rights. The NPY Council provides a forum for Ngaanyatjarra women and their neighbours to meet and discuss issues confronting their communities.

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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