Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Courtesy Kate Owen Gallery

Aboriginal Art Directory | 05.10.08

Author: Adrian Newstead
News source: Aboriginal Art Directory

Walala Tjapaltjarri, brother of well-known painters Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Thomas Tjapaltjarri, was born in the Gibson Desert east of Kiwirrkura in the early 1960’s. He was one of a small party, that included his brothers, several sisters, and two old aunts whose arrival in Kiwirrkura in 1984 made international headlines that proclaimed the discovery of a ‘Lost Tribe’. Until this time, at age 21, Walala had never encountered Europeans and their ways. The group had been following their traditional lifestyle in the country west of Lake Mackay and another brother Pierti, who had traveled with them, returned to the desert almost immediately thereafter.

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