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Travelling Around on Camels, Mission Times

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Travelling Around on Camels, Mission Times

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This painting is about how our families travelled around during mission times school holidays. The men from Ernabella showed our fathers how to train camels. We would then use them to travel really long distances. We’d travel all the way from places like Pipalyatjara in South Australia. When we were walking my father would let me sit on the camel when I got too tired.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

A painting depicting a landscape with trees and purple hills in the background against a sky painted in two shades of blue . In the foreground there is a group of figures and small animals moving across the landscape including two figures on each of three camels. Many of the figures are carrying belongings on their heads.
Travelling Around on Camels, 2012, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 1015 x 1520 mm.
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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