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Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
151 x 91 cm
Martumili Artists


“I, me, Nyanjilpayi paint this one, Jarntinti Lake. I was born there, mine. I was little girl born there, Jarntinti area. Jarntinti, big claypan near Punmu. Tarlpa, Jutupa, Wawulpa, all waterhole and yinta (permanent spring) in Jarntinti area. Long time [ago] plenty bush tucker there, yukuri (green grass, vegetation) everywhere, plenty kalaru (Samphire, salt bush). You can find biggest mob there. You got to get that, grind it and make a damper. Get him up and wash him, wash him, wash him then grind him into flour for a damper. No kalaru today, no bush tucker, nothing. I don’t know [why]. Bush tucker nothing now, he never grow there anymore. Jarntinti everywhere clean water today, big rain there. I don’t know why no bush tucker now. I don’t know what’s wrong When I was born, my spirit appeared at Jarntinti. I was born at the waterhole called Jarntinti. That’s my country, Jarntinti. I know all about it, about that water over there, about my home, our grandparents’ country. We travelled all around as pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling people), camping and then setting off again by foot. My family’s water, my grandmothers’, my grandfathers’ and my ancestors. I was taught from them. Our knowledge is ancient and has been passed on by our grandparents. Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman, as translated by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa”

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