Pampila Hanson Boxer | Artist Profile

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Pampilla pronounced Boomala also uses the name Hansen Boxer. Pampilla was born on the banks of the Old Fitzroy River at Old Cherabin Station.

He carves Walmajarri men in traditional dance headress from the Majarrka Corroboree, boomerangs and clapping sticks. His boomerangs are carved from Bloodwood. He uses goanna or kangaroo fat to oil the boomerangs, he will sometimes also use bullock fat.

He is the son of the famous fitzroy artist Boxer Yanker who married Paji Honeychild Child, Pampilla calls her mummy one. Pampila Hanson Boxer was born on Old Cherabun station in 1941.His father, Boxer Yankarr, had walked in from Kaningara, in the Great Sandy Desert as a child in the 1920's. Pampila grew up on the station where he learnt to be stockman from the age of 12. He worked on Old Cherabun and other west Kimberley stations for 20 years, until the implementation of award wages for Aboriginal stockmen caused most of them to lose their jobs. In 1989, after almost 10 yrs of letter writing and talks with state and federal politicians and govt departments Pampila was successful in acquiring a 99 yr lease on an excision from Old Cherabun Station. During the next 15 years he and the other families who had grown up on the station established Yakanarra Community, which today (2006) has 150 residents, 30 houses and operates its own store, indepentant community school, telecentre and adult education centre. He is an important law culture man for his community.

2017 Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, National Museum of Australia
2010 Yiwarra Kuju, The Canning Stock Route, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2008 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin

Artworks of Pampila Hanson Boxer