Minyawe grew up in the Punmu area with his sister and fellow artist Nancy Taylor, and many other family members. As a young man, he walked long distances carrying only his tajitaji (smouldering stick) and his jurna (hunting stick). He ate bush foods such as warmula (bush tomatoes), and hunted for all kinds of kuwiyi (meat) including emu, pussycat, marlu (kangaroo). Minyawe heard that the last of the remaining pujiman (desert born) people had gone to Jigalong, Marble Bar, Nullagine and Port Hedland. He walked a long way to get to Jigalong, and finally a truck passed and drove his familiy and him in. Minyawe met his wife Nancy Chapman at Jigalong Mission. He worked in the cattle station and was an excellent horse rider and breaker, working for many years on pastoral stations. At Strelley, Minyawe and the other men built roads by hand and ran the station. Minyawe now lives in Punmu, with his wife, children and grandchildren, where he paints great stretches of country in a very distinctive, precise style.
Born c. 1932
Photo taken by Tobias Titz