"Pinkalakara is the place I was born and grew up; this is my mother's country. This country has lots of mayi [bush food]. I lost my mummy and sister here."
Alma Webou is a Yulparitja elder who grew up in Pinkalakara in the Great Sandy Desert. Situated near Joanna Spring on Anna Plains Station, close to the Canning Stock Route, Alma led a traditional existence until the early 1970s when severe drought forced the Yulparija people to move to Bidyadanga on the coast. Many of Alma's family died as a result of the droughts. Alma cried when she painted Pinkalarta.
Alma was a senior lawwoman and was well respected in her community. Sadly, she passed away in 2009.
Alma is represented by Short Street Gallery, Broome.
Courtesy of Short Street Gallery