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Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman

Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman

‘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 painting, I been painting little girl, big girl. Yandy every time. Yangalpa [rock hole] this one. I been walk around [with my] nana, grandmother, May Chapman, Mulyatingki Marney, me, Marjorie Yates.’

Nancy grew up in the 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, Mulyatingki Marney and May Chapman. She was cared for as a child by Eubena Nampitjin and Nora Nangapa. Nancy worked at various stations in the Pilbara before moving to Punmu in the 1980s.