Episode 1: The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the Dog Whisperer

Cecilia Alfonso and Gloria Morales

Cecilia Alfonso’s aristocratic Chilean family cheered when the socialist President Salvador Allende died in a coup led by General Pinochet in 1973. Gloria Morales’ family were indigenous serfs in an undemocratic society that drove her to leave Chile to pursue art conservation. Their tough pragmatism has made Warlukurlangu Art Centre an international success. But can the spirituality of the Warlpiri people survive a ruthless market – and can these two women from opposite ends of the social and political spectrum co-exist, way out in the Australian desert?

This episode was produced for ABC Radio National Earshot. It's presented by Margo Neale and produced by Siobhan McHugh. The sound engineer is Russell Stapleton and Executive Producer is Claudia Taranto.

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