Profile image of artist Nyanjilpayi (Ngarnjapayi) Nancy Chapman

Nyanjilpayi (Ngarnjapayi) Nancy Chapman

Martumili Artists / Spinifex Hill Studio

When I was little, I used to stand up all the time, looking for the old people to come back bringing food. The old people gave me that name Ngarnjapayi [standing up]. I been from lake, Jandindi area. This one lake, warlu [snake]. Round, round, all way round, come back here. Lake here, good water.

I been born there. Desert, pujiman [desert dweller]. This one grandmother, nana. We been lose him here when I been big girl. Two sister, two mummy, one father. I been lose him in Jigalong my mummy. May Chapman, my sister, and another sister Mulyatingki Marney.

This one family been living here: ngurra [home]. He been walk around, get him minyarra, bush tucker. Get a meat, wild pussy cat, and rabbit, and kangaroo, dingo. Plenty! They walk around quiet.

Nancy grew up in Country surrounding the Canning Stock Route. In the 1960s she and her family rejoined their relatives, moving to Jigalong. She is the sister of Donald Moko (dec.), Mulyatingki Marney and Maywokka Chapman. She was cared for as a child by Eubena Nampitjin (dec.) and Nora Nangapa Nungabar (dec.). Nancy worked at various stations in the Pilbara before moving to Punmu in the 1980s.

Language: Manyjilyjarra

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