Mantua James Nangala

Mantua James Nangala

Mantua James Nangala est née autour des années 59/60 à Tjulyuru (Sud/est de Jupiter Weel à environ 800km d’Alice Springs).

Mantua était une jeune fille quand son père Anatjari Tjampitjinpa et sa mère Mamuriu Napaljarri arrivèrent du désert en 1963. Elle est la sœur du très acclamé Ray James Tjangala, de Yinarupa Nangala et de George Yapa Yapa Tjangala (décédé). Elle apprit à peindre dans les années 80 en assistant son père, dans la région de Kintore.

Mantua peint des symboles sacrés associés aux cérémonies des sites de Tjulna, Wala Wala, Yanula et de Jupiter well localisé à l’est de Kiwirrkura. Elle est aussi la gardienne des sites de la région de son père.


Mantua James Nangala

Mantua James Nangala





Art d’Australie – Peintre Aborigène australien


Artist Name: Mantua James Nangala

D.O.B: Circa 1959

Birthplace: “Tjulyuru”, S/E of Jupiter Well W.A., approx.          800km west of Alice Springs.

Language Group: Pintupi

Family History: Mantua was a young girl when her father Anatjari Tjampitjinpa and her mother Mamuriu Napaltjarri came in from the desert in 1963. One of the last groups to do so under the direction of Welfare Patrols lead by Jeremy LongThe patrol, with Nosepeg Tjupurrula and a Tjampitjinpa from Papunya, had been looking for them on the road, the original road made by Len Beadel west into W.A. from Sandy Blight Junction.

They met at “Mukala”, at the time Nangala and her family were living on “bush mangari” i.e. damper made from seeds and they were getting scarce water from rockholes. Nangala and her family travelled to Papunya by truck with the Welfare Patrol. This is well documented and photographs of Nangala and the group appear in “The Lizard Eaters”, a book by Douglas Lockwood. Nangala trained as a health care worker.

In 1984 Mantua was involved with the first contact of the last group to come out of the Gibson desert, they are her Tjapaltjarri uncles, her mother’s brothers.

Mantua is the sister of acclaimed artist’s Ray James Tjangala, Yinarupa Nangala and George Yapa Yapa Tjangala. (now deceased)

Mantua lives at Kiwirrkura, WA.

Dreamings: Nangala learnt to paint whilst assisting her father at Kintore in the early 1980’s. Mantua paints designs associated with the secret Tingari ceremonies at the sites of Tjulna, Wala Wala, Yanula and Jupiter Well (West of Kiwirrkura). She is also custodian of other sites of her father’s country.