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Martu artists paint Country in all it’s different seasonal stages. Important to Martu, and to Martu Country, is the practice of waru (fire burning); a practice that assists with hunting, regenerates growth, and encourages greater diversity in plant and animal life. When Martu Country burns, mosaic fire scars are left on the Country, and patches of regeneration form a kind of mosaic pattern across the land. This is called nyurnma – burnt Country.  Waru is typically burnt in small, controlled areas, leaving a defined patchwork pattern of nyurnma in the land, across tali (sand hills), linyji (clay pans), parulyukurru (spinifex country) and pila (sandy plains). This patterning is clearly visible in Martumili Artists works, where they paint Country from an aerial perspective.

Name: Lorna Linmurra

Community: Warralong


“I was born in Hedland hospital. I grew up, Marble Bar area, we were staying there with nomad people, I was going to school. Nomad people would take us everywhere. We then went to Roebourne, everywhere we go. I started working making tins for lollies, for a few years I did. We didn’t know anything [then], we were young people"

- Lorna Linmurra

Lorna was born in Port Hedland. Now she lives at Warralong Community with her family. Warralong community is located 120 kilometres south east of Port Hedland and 50 kilometres north of Marble Bar in the Pilbara. The community lies between the Shaw and De Grey Rivers.

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