Ngayuku ngura (My country)
I am a Yankunytjatjara woman from Indulkana Community on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia. I’m an artist at Iwantja Arts, where I started painting over 20 years ago. My paintings are of Tjukurpa (ancestral stories) and ngura (Country) that have cultural significance for me and my family. They are a combination of landscape – specific locations and landmarks – and representations of the sky and stars. For Aṉangu the stars hold Tjukurpa (ancestral cultural stories) just like the country – the rock holes, hills and creeks – have Tjukurpa. One main one is the Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) Tjukurpa where a specific constellation represents the sisters and the cheeky man chasing after them. I’m proud to be an artist and a leader in my community, working to keep our culture strong and passing on important knowledge to the next generations.