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Partirninytjarra (Blackstone Mining Centre)

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Partirninytjarra (Blackstone Mining Centre)

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We had one windmill pumping water for the bore and the shower. The girls didn’t go to the mining site – we were too frightened.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing two yellow trucks carrying big loads, against a mulitcoloured dot infill background.
Partirninytjarra (Blackstone Mining Centre), 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 763 x 768 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

Copper mining began in the Blackstone area in the 1950s. Hearing that there was paid work available, some Yarnangu travelled to the mines and camped nearby. Patrol officers would travel past, delivering boxes of rations. Eunice Porter's family was camped near the boundary of one of the mine sites.

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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