Mayarn Julia Lawford
Born about 1940’s
Wangkajunga, Walmajarri language groups, Napanangka skin group
We were taking goats for the drovers as meat when they were droving cattle…
Mayarn was a little girl when she fell down a goanna hole and broke her leg while travelling on the stock route with her parents. The droving team, whose camels had frightened her put her leg in a splint. Mayarn is a respected law woman and singer of Majarrka. Mayarn is the mother of Canning Stock Route Project translator Putuparri Tom Lawford.
2007, by Mayarn Julia Lawford & Putuparri Tom Lawford
human hair and ochre
Tungkul is hairstring. It is has many extremely important cultural and ceremonial uses and remains a valuable trade item today. Spun by women, it is often made from hair cut while grieving. This tungkul was made by Mayarn from her son Putuparri’s hair.