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Mulyatingki was born around 1941 at Nyinyari. Her mother was Warnman and her father was Manyilyjarra. Their country encompasses the Punmu, Kunawarritji and Karlamilyi River regions. During her youth, Mulyatingki travelled extensively through this region with her parents and siblings, including fellow senior Martumili Artists Nyanjilpayi Nancy Chapman and May Wokka Chapman. Following the death of their parents, the sisters travelled alone in the desert between Punmu and Kunawarritji for a time, occasionally meeting and travelling with other family groups.


The young sisters had travelled south into the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) region when they first encountered whitefellas. They saw a plane flying overhead and, scared, 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. She lived for many years at Jigalong mission before moving with her three children and sister Nyanjilpayi to Punmu Community in 1982, where she continues to live today.


Born c. 1941


Photo taken by Tobias Titz

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