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Putuparri Tom Lawford

  • the Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert

Putuparri Tom Lawford was raised by the old people on a cattle station on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and grew up in Fitzroy Crossing as part of an activist family.

A cultural advisor, translator, workshop facilitator and artist, Putuparri is a cultural leader determined to keep his community's traditions alive.

Putuparri works as a cultural officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre. He was a cultural consultant on Bangarra's production SandSong.

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Heritage

Putuparri Tom Lawford is a Wangkajunga man.

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Bio

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. Putuparriā€™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.