Syvaraia Napurrurla Walker
Aboriginal Alyawarr Woman
Sylvaria Napurrurla Walker was born in Alice Springs, the closest hospital to the Utopia Homelands which are located 220 km northeast of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Sylvaria is the granddaughter of Topsy Pwerle Jones and the niece of Joycelyn Petyarre Jones, both well-known artists from Utopia. Sylvaria used to watch her grandmother paint when she was very young and listen to her Grandmother’s Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories. Sylvaria grew up in Utopia and attended her local school, completing her schooling at the age of 16. When she finished school she worked in child care for her local community. Sylvaria is now living in Yuendumu and paints with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. When Sylvaria is not painting or looking after her young son she likes to go hunting with her family.
The Jitilypuru Jukurrpa (Red Mallee Flower Dreaming), belongs to the Alyawarra, Anmatyerr, Eastern Arrente, Pintupi and Warlpiri peoples. Red Mallee grows 4-6m high and produces masses of creamy yellow flowers which are a source of much of the honey produced in inland regions. When walking near a red malle laden with flowers you can smell the honey as you walk by. In very dry times Aboriginal people harvested water from the roots of this species.