Myra Yurtiwa Cooke (dec)
Myra Cooke was born at Kartjinguku Creek between Warakurna and Tjukurla in the East Gibson Desert, Western Australia. As a child she travelled with her family through her father’s country near Kulail, Tjukurla, Docker River and Warakurna. Her mother remarried and the family began to move westward into her step-father’s country near Wanarn and then to Warburton Mission. Myra worked with the Warburton Art Project before she began to paint with Warakurna Artists in mid 2005.
This painting depicts a story from Myra’s mother’s country, Lirrun. A Snake Man came from the South of Pukarra. He had been trying to steal a girl to become his wife. She called all the Feather-foot men and they chased him away, back to Pukarra.