Lily Long

Jatarr Lily Long

Martumili Artists

Jatarr is a Warnman woman and custodian of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) region. She was born in the late 1930s at Jatarrngara, a water source located along the Karlamilyi River, and the site from which her name is derived. Jatarr is the sister of fellow artists Wurta Amy French and Helen Dale Samson.

Jatarr grew up with her family in the area surrounding Tiwa (Canning Stock Route Well 26). Her family returned to the Karlamilyi region for a time, moving between camps located all along the Karlamilyi River and up to the large salt lake, Nyayartakujarra (Lake Dora). In the late 1940s her family left Karlamilyi and travelled on foot for more than 200km to Jigalong Mission, where a supply of rationed food and water was assured. There they were reunited with family members who had already moved in from the desert.

Eventually, Jatarr relocated to Irrungadji Aboriginal Community, just outside of Nullagine. Jatarr uses her artwork as a means of transferring cultural knowledge to her children and grandchildren, and as a political platform, protecting her Country from mining and other disruptions.

Language: Warnman

Exhibited Artworks