Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday
Born: about 1940s
Language Group(s): Walmajarri
Art Centre(s): Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
CSR Project role: Artist, contributor
Skin Group: Napangarti
Country: Paruku, Lake Stretch
Biography: Bessie was born near Billiluna and worked at the old station before travelling to Fitzroy Crossing and Christmas Creek, where her brother Yanpiyarti Ned Cox was living. After returning to Balgo, Bessie’s father, Tiger, and brother, Rex Johns, began advocating for their people to return to Paruku and establish Mulan community.
My brother [Rex Johns] said, ‘We gotta keep the stories alive, the land alive’.
Photographer: Tim Acker
Photograph date: 2009
Photography copyright: © FORM
Source: Images - Catalogue
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0090_0067
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.