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Myra Yurtiwa Cook


Like most desert communities Warakurna is remote, and sits on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, The small town of around 180 people is perched in the  Rawlinson Ranges in the Gibson Desert

In March 2005 the Art Centre studio in Warakurna was opened and it fully owned and governed by Aboriginal people, providing services to artists living in and visiting Warakurna and the nearby communities.

The subjects of the work of the Warakurna Artists are Tjukurrpa (traditional law and culture) and their contemporary stories. Passing on these important stories to young people is a critical means of keeping culture vital and strong. The Art Centre plays an important role in the community, providing cultural and social benefits in addition to economic returns.

The paintings are diverse, and each artist has an unique style, as well as their own stories and connection to the country.

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