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Kumpaya was born near Kiwirrkura and walked all around that area with her family in her youth. Her brothers include the established artists Charlie Wallabi, Helicopter and Patrick Tjungurrayi. Kumpaya grew up, married and had children while living a nomadic life. She and her family avoided whitefellas, but were eventually spotted from an aeroplane during a program of clearing people out of the desert prior to weapons testing in the area. After a number of contacts and lengthy consideration, Kumpaya and her family agreed to move to Jigalong mission, where they rejoined many of their relatives. After living on Jigalong mission, Kumpaya worked on several stations washing clothes and making damper before moving to Parnngurr community in the 1980s.

Born c. 1932

Photo taken by Tobias Titz

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