Putuparri Tom Lawford is a Wangkajunga man living in Fitzroy Crossing. Putuparri grew up in Fitzroy Crossing as part of an activist family and was raised by the old people on a cattle station on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. He learned spiritual and ceremonial traditions from his grandfather, whom passed on bush knowledge and dreamtime myths. Putuparri’s people have lived in the desert of Western Australia for over forty thousand years, living a nomadic life knowing they could always retreat to their sacred waterholes.
Putuparri works as a cultural officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre. He works as a cultural advisor, translator, workshop facilitator and artist. Putuparri is a cultural leader determined to keep his community's traditions alive.
Putuparri was a cultural consultant on Bangarra's production SandSong.