Marlene Norman

Background Info

Date of Birth: 11/11/1994

Totem: Emu

Language: Thaayorre

Clan: Thaayorre

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My totem is emu. I am a thayyorre women. Pormpuraaw is my country. I own this country and this country owns me. My ancestors have been here forever. When I was a teenager I went to boarding school in Herbiton. I lived there for a couple of years. Then I moved to Cairns. I did year 11 and 12 in cairns high school. I returned to Pormpuraaw when I was in my early 20s. I worked in child care for many years. I enjoyed working with children. I love to go fishing and camping. Getting out of town makes me feel good. I started making art in high school with my mates. We did a lot of pottery, jewelly and sewing. I started painting 2019. I enjoy painting. It takes it away my stress. I like taking my time and putting a lot of detail in the work. I look forward to painting many more.