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Portrait of Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi. - click to view larger image

Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi

about 1937 to 2009, Manyjilyjarra, Kukatja language groups, Tjungurrayi skin group, Kiwirrkurra community, Papunya Tula Artists

Walapayi was a maparn (traditional healer)who was famous throughout the desert and beyond. As a young man he once ate poisoned meat left by drovers in retaliation for spearing a camel.

He left the desert in 1957 to look for his brother, Helicopter Tjungurrayi, who had been taken to Balgo. Walapayi eventually returned to Kiwirrkurra to be closer to his Country.

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