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Tjanpi

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes


Tjanpi

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There’s a lot of parts to making tjanpi [woven fibre sculptures]. There is some special tjanpi [grass] that we use. You can get it when it’s dry or take it when it’s wet and lay it out in the sun to dry. Ladies sit down together, talking, sharing stories, it’s fun for us. The young girls, daughters and granddaughters watch their mother and kaparli [grandmother] make the baskets and they learn.

Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson

An acrylic painting on canvas showing people standing and seated around a white vehicle with a trailer. The background is made up of multi-coloured dot infill.
Tjanpi, 2011, Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson, acrylic on canvas, 762 x 760 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.
Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson portrait.
Photo: Edwina Circuitt.

 

Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson
born 1957
Panaka skin group

Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson was born at a soak called Yulpigari, close to Partupirri (Bunglebiddy) rock-hole.

As a child she travelled on foot with her family in country to the northwest of Warakurna.

She went to school at Warburton Mission and then to Pink Lake High School in Esperance, on the south coast of Western Australia.

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