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Portrait of Wakartu Cory Surprise. - click to view larger image

born about 1929, Walmajarri language group, Nyapana skin group, Fitzroy Crossing, Mangkaja Arts

Wakartu grew up around Tapu. When her parents died, she travelled to Kaningarra and Wayampajarti before reaching the station Country.

After leaving the desert, she raised seven children while working for the police and on stations, and by trading minerals for rations.

The station manager was hitting people, so we ran away [to the] desert to see if we can find any of our people left, but nothing, only all the dead ones. Police tracked us down and put chains around the men.
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