Nyankulya Watson Walyampari: Ngayuku Ngura
According to the Short St Gallery, Nyankulya was born at Mt. Aloysius at a rockhole not far from the tri state border, sometime around 1938. As a teenager, she lived at Anumarapiti, now an outstation of Irrunytju. Nyanu grew up at Ernabella when it was a mission. She moved back to Kalka in the homelands movement(an initiative to enable Anangu to return to their own country).
She remembers shortly after this time white fellas came and told her family to go to Ernabella. It was good at the mission, there was lots of flour, tea and sugar. In the morning we would listen for the bell, then we would line up for food, go to church and then to work. She later travelled back to Irrunytju with her family. Nyankulya was a founding member of Irrunytju Arts. She now resides in Nyapari, South Australia.
The Work of Art
This is a screenprint work of limited edition 34 of 40 and was acquired by the University of Canberra in 2009.