Margaret Lewis Napangardi - TALI - SAND HILLS ML1877

Margaret Lewis Napangardi Tali Sand Hills Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas ML1877


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Artist: Margaret Lewis Napangardi
Skin Name: Napangardi 
Born: c.1952
Region: Mt Doreen Station
Language: Warlpiri
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Tali, Mina Mina Jakurrpa, Rockholes and Soakages.



Margaret Napangardi Lewis was born at Mt Doreen Station in Central Australia in 1952, about 55 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Margaret travelled around the country with her parents and went to school in

Papunya then to the local school in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Margaret Lewis Napangardi was taught painting by her father, Paddy Japanangka Lewis, who was a law man and prominent Yuendumu artist. Margaret has two brothers, John and Willy and one sister Dorothy Napangardi Robertson (deceased), also a well-known artist working with Warlukurlangu Artists. Her skin sisters are Maggie Watson Napangardi (deceased) and Judy Watson Napangardi (deceased).

Margaret is a highly skilled and versatile artist. She participated in the Yuendumu Batik program from 1986 to 1988. While living in Yuendumu she worked in the kitchen and at the Art Centre. She later moved to Nyirripi and it wasn’t until 2007 that she started painting on a regular basis. Her Dreamings are Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming); Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming); and wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming). Since 2009 Margaret has been painting Mina Mina Jukurrpa, Dreaming related to country located far west of Yuendumu on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Desert. She shares this country and dreaming with her ‘big sisters’ Betsy Napangardi Lewis and Judy Napangardi Watson. Mina Mina is a very important women’s dreaming site and has a long story in which a large group of ancestral women of all ages travel through the country dancing and performing ceremonies and creating the country as they go. When Margaret is not painting she loves to go hunting for bush tucker, especially bush potato, bush berries, bush banana and goanna.

The painting depicts a topography of sand hills, referring to the artists country of Mina Mina where the girls Ancestral Dreaming stories stem.


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