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My father

Dawn Ngala Wheeler
Terracotta and Underglazes
28 x 23 Ø cm
Hermannsburg Potters


Yinga ilpangkama nthaakinha nurna nitjaarta. Nurna Watarrka-nga kuta nitjaarta, outstation-ala. Kaarta nuka evangelist nakala. Yinga nhanhala nama, katjia kuka, arrarnakala, kaarta nukanga urlaarra. Pmara nhanha nama pmara nurnakanha. Katjia nhanha era nama kwaarra nuka. Era pmara arrpunha-urna lhakala, nhaakwa. I remember when we stayed out in Watarrka (Kings Canyon) at our family outstation. My father, he was a preacher. I’m there, little, sitting on the ground in front of my father. And this is our house, this one. And this one is my daughter, she’s over in that house on the other side.

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