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“Ngayulu palyalpai Tjukurpa kamiku, tjamuku mamaku ngunytjuku nguranguru. Ngayulu ngura iti ngarintja palyalpai. Uluruku pitjangi Liru paluru pitjangi wiluraranguru, Docker River-lawanu, Tjukurpa pulkanya.

Mununa mai putitjangka ngayuku ngunytjulu mamalu pulkanu ngayunya. Docker River-nguru nganana anu tjina ngayulu tjitji tjukutjuku, Utjulakutu mununa ngura nyara palula pulkaringu, kuulangka. Ka kuwari ngayulu Mutitjulula nyinanyi kulira palyalpai mamaku Kuniya, Liru, munu Kungkarangkalpa, ngayuku nguntjuku nguranguru.”

“I paint the Creation Law of my grandparents’ and parents’ country. I paint for the place I was born. The Deadly Snake Ancestors came to Uluru from the west, through Docker River and this is a very significant part of our culture and history.

I also paint the bush foods my parents raised me on. We left Docker River when I was very young and travelled on foot to the community of Areyonga where I grew up and went to school. Now I live in Mutitjulu and whenever I paint I’m thinking of the Python and Deadly Snake from my father and the Seven Sisters story from my mother’s country.”

Happy first lived in Mutitjulu community as a young single woman coming from Docker River to work in the Community’s very first store. This was before the hand-back of the Park to Traditional Owners in 1985 and before the Yulara resort was established. She returned to Docker River to get married and began training as a Health Worker in the local clinic. Returning to Mutitjulu with her family, she began working in the the Clinic. Her children are now grown and she believes it is important for women like herself to keep speaking out strongly about community and family issues. Happy plays an active role in this, attending community and National Park meetings while helping in the raising of her grandchildren.

Happy resides in Aged Care at Mutitjulu Community.