Marie Laruffa Napurrula
Marie Laruffa Napurrula was born in 1967 at Dora Creek in New South Wales. She moved to Northern Territory later on.
Marie describes her story, "Grandmothers Journey through sacred country" as below:
Our country is sacred to us, it nurtures our spirit and we care for it. My great grandmother traditionally lived around the Kings Canyon (Wattarrka) area. When the white cattle men came to the area they moved our people onto stations to stop them taking the cattle for food and to get them working at the cattle stations. My grandmother was born at Tempe Downs Station and made the journey with her mother from Tempe Downs to Areyonga then Hermannsburg and Jay Creek to attend the ceremonies and maintain their nomadic lifestyle. When nanna was 10 years old she was taken from my Great grandmother by white authorities who were removing half-caste children from their mothers to bring them up as white people. Nanna was placed in the bungalow which was a home for the kids and is now the old telegraph station. Nanna left the bungalow when she was old enough to become a domestic. She travelled north to Pine Creek north of Katherine where my mother was born. At an early age mum was also taken away and was placed on Melville Island in Garden Point Mission which was run by the Good Shepherd Sisters. At age 14 mum was sent to the Good Shepherd Convent in Ashfield, Sydney where she was educated and trained to become a nurse. Mum met dad and they lived at Dora Creek in New South Wales where I was born and raised. I knew that I was Aboriginal because we always had visitors from the island call in when I was growing up. When I was about 30 I felt a strong calling to return to country so I went out to Alice Springs where I met my family and learnt about our traditional country. My nanna and great nanna had both passed on when I returned, but I was very lucky to have other close family members especially my old nanna Janice Pararoultja who gave me the "The Grandmothers Journey story" and was adamant that I knew where I belonged.
Marie Laruffa Napurrula at Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre
You are welcome to visit the art gallery to see Marie Laruffa Napurrula and other aboriginal artists artwork on linen/canvas, pottery, coolamon, didgeridoo and boomerang At: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia