Mawukura is Australian Aboriginal artist a Walmajarri man. His country is around Wayampajarti, a Jila (a permanent waterhole) in the north-western area of the Great Sandy Desert. He was born near a waterhole called Wili, at a swamp called Miyitinynanguwu. He calls the names of places such as Tapu, Kurrjalpartu, Kayalijarti, Kurraly Kurraly, Walypa, Wayampajarti, Kumpujarti and Witikarrijarti as the main waterholes in his country. He grew up in the desert moving around these waterholes. Mawukura was ‘nearly a man’ when his father brought him to the station country to escape a very large fire that was burning in his country around Tapu. He went through law at Lumpu Lumpu and then went back to the desert with his father in law, where he lived for around five more years. The police came around there once, he says, but they did not pick him up, they gave him food. The police continued on but they were frightened by kalpurtu so they kept going, straight back to town. The same police picked up Huey Bent and took him to Cherrabun Station not long after. Mawukura eventually left the bush, possibly in the early sixties. After coming in from the desert, Jimmy spent most of his time working on Nerrimah Station.
The West Australian, 19/5
The Age 3/12
Video Documentary / SBS Television
Oxford University Press & ANU
Wakefield Press and Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute