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Nyankulya Watson Walyampari: Ngayuku Ngura

The Artist

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.

Nyankulya Watson Ngayuku Ngura

The Work of Art

Nyankula says about her paintings 'I travelled around this country in the early days with my family. There's a lot of rockholes and we used to walk to all of them. We would stop and camp for a while collecting food and then move on to another place. The rockhole at Mt Aloysius had good water. I was born here. The other rockholes in my paintings are: Inurantja, Tjilpultjanga, Kunpunga (watiku ngura men's place) , Mapantji (partilku ngura ringneck parrot place) , Ultjutjara, Iltjunga, Yaliri, Palkarli, Numpa numpa, Pukara (wati kutjara tjukurpa - two snake mens creation story), Anamarapiti, Palkini, Punu Wara, Apulunga, Attanga and Wanungtjiri." The work of art depicts the landscape and the Ngayuku rockhole  which  Nyankulya was familiar with.

This  is a screenprint work of limited edition 34 of 40 and was acquired by the University of Canberra  in 2009.