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May Chapman (May Wokka) is the eldest sister of fellow Martumili Artists Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman, Mulyatingki Marney and Marjorie Yates (dec.). Her mother was Warnman and her father was Manyjilyjarra. Their country is around Punmu, Kunawarritji and Karlamilyi River. Following the death of both their parents, May Wokka and her sisters travelled alone between Punmu and Kunawarritji, occasionally meeting with other family groups. They later travelled south into Karlamilyi (Rudall River), where they first saw a plane flying overhead. Frightened, they hid under spinifex grass until the plane had passed. As a family group they remained living in the desert long after most Martu had moved to Jigalong Mission. May Wokka lived for many years at Jigalong mission, eventually moving with her five children to Warralong, a community south east of Port Hedland. She continues to live in Warralong today with her daughter and equally renowned artist, Doreen Chapman.


Born c. 1940


Photo taken by Tobias Titz

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