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This painting portrays physical elements of Martu Country, such as the dominant tali (sandhills), warta (trees, vegetation), and water sources. Rock holes, waterholes, soaks and springs were all extremely important sites for Martu people during the pujiman (nomadic bush) era, with many important jukurrpa (dreamtime stories) chronicling the creation of these landmarks. In the past the Martu lived nomadically, moving from water source to water source, and hunting and gathering bush tucker as they went. They would traverse very large distances annually, visiting specific areas in the dry and wet season depending on the availability of water. As they travelled and hunted they would also burn areas of country creating a larger diversity of plant and animal life.

Name: Julia Burton

Language: Manyjilyjarra

Community: Punmu


Julia was born in Port Hedland. She has spent much of her life living in Parnngurr community. Now she lives in Punmu, growing up in Punmu. Works at Rawa school. Marianne is her aunt and paints. She paints with her. 

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