Helen Dale Samson

Helen Dale Samson

Martumili Artists

Helen Dale Samson is a Warnman woman and custodian of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) region, where her family travelled during the pujiman [traditional, desert dwelling] era. She is the younger sister of fellow artists Jataar Lily Long and Wurta Amy French, but unlike her sisters, she was born in Jigalong Mission and has no memory of her parents. Dale grew up in the mission dormitory, schooling and working during the week, but spent her weekends and holidays camping in the Country surrounding Jigalong and Puntawarri with her extended family.

Once married, Dale lived around Puntawarri and Nguyakurlu rockholes. Later she worked at various stations around the Pilbara, including Mundawindi (Mundiwinti) and Sylvania Stations. More recently Dale returned to Jigalong Aboriginal Community, where she continues to live today with her children and grandchildren.

Dale has established a reputation as a dedicated and innovative painter and weaver. She paints about the old mission days and the places she and her ancestors travelled, along with their associated Jukurrpa [Dreaming] stories.

Language: Warnman

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