Yalti Napangati

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Yalti Napangati
Bornc. 1970 [1]
ResidenceKiwirrkurra, Western Australia
NationalityAustralian
Other namesYardi, Yalti Napaltjarri [3]
OccupationPainter
Years activelate 1980s – present
OrganizationPapunya Tula
StyleWestern Desert art
Spouse(s)Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
Children4
Parent(s)Lanti, or "Joshua" (father)
Nanu Nangala (mother)
RelativesThomas Tjapangati
Yukultji Napangati
Walala Tjapangati
Topsy Napaltjarri
Takariya Napaltjarri

Yalti Napangati (born around 1970) is an Australian Aboriginal artist. She is a painter of the Western Desert style of art, and paints for the Papunya Tula school.[4] Her husband, Warlimpirrnga, is also a well-known artist. They were both members of the infamous Pintupi Nine, the last group of Aborigines living a traditional way of life in Australia.[5][6]

Yalti was born in the Great Sandy Desert, sometime around 1970. She and her family lived as nomads in the desert, travelling along the western side of Lake Mackay.[5] Most other Pintupi families had moved into settlements during the 1950s, but Yalti's father kept the family away from these. Her parents were Lanti (or "Joshua") and Nanu.[4] She has an older brother, Tamayinya, and a younger sister, Yukultji. She married Warlimpirrnga sometime during the early 1980s, possibly when she was as young as 12.[1] She and her family came out of the desert in 1984. She now lives at Kiwirrkurra, and has two sons and two daughters.[4]

Yalti finished her first paintings for Papunya Tula in June 1996. She makes acrylic paintings of landscapes associated with Pintupi dreaming stories. Her paintings are of important places in her country, around Marruwa, Laurryi, Wirrulnga and Patjarr.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Toohey, Paul (4 May 2004). "The Last Nomads" (PDF). The Bulletin. Nine Entertainment Co. p. 28–35.
  2. For example, see: "The Last Nomads". Aboriginal Art Store. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  3. Her name is sometimes spelled Yardi, which is closer to how it sounds. Napangati is her skin name by birth, but she is sometimes written with the skin name Napaltjarri, which her "sisters" (cousins) Topsy and Takariya belong to.[2]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Johnson, Vivien (2008). Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists. Alice Springs: IAD Press. p. 334.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Yalti Napangati". Honey Ant Gallery. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  6. Adlam, Nigel (3 February 2007). "Lost tribe happy in modern world". Herald Sun. Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd.