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Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes


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This is about the ladies going out bush and being filmed by Ngaanyatjarra Media, showing people how to make wangurnu, bush damper. Our mothers used to make it. We had to collect all the wangurnu [woolybutt grass]. We then had to winnow the seeds to get rid of the dirt and the husks. We then had to grind the seeds to make a flour. You then mix the flour with water and then put it in the coals to cook. Lovely one.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

A painting with a band of purple and white dots for the sky , below which there are further bands of white, orange and yellow dots. In the foreground there are a number of female figures; some pick seed from plants and put it into bags, others grind the seed between stones, while a further three figures are sitting on a rug.
Wangurnu, 2012, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 500 x 760 mm.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter has extensive knowledge of bushcraft, which has been honed over many years of living on country. She has built on a long tradition of using desert grasses (tjanpi) for food and fibrework artefacts.

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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