Born about 1936
Wangkajunga language group, Purungu skin group
I come from desert, young girl. We been come this way then to Wangkatjungka. We had no motorcar, we carried everything, swag, billycan, sticks, on our heads.
Nada was born and grew up near Kiriwirri. During a severe drought in the 1950’s, she and her family travelled north along the stock route to Billiluna, and Moola Bulla Station. Nada has family across the desert.
1998, by Nada Rawlins
acrylic on paper, 121 x 171.5 cm
This is my Country, Kiriwirri. There is a big dry salty lake; we call it warla. It gets really full during the wet season. I walked through that Country when I was a little girl with my family. You can’t walk barefoot across the [dry] salt lakes because the salt will burn your feet. You have to wear yakapiri, bush sandshoes.