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Portrait of Jakayu Biljabu. - click to view larger image

born about 1937, Manyjilyjarra language group, Purungu skin group, Punmu community, Martumili Artists

Jakayu was born near Pitu, east of Well 25, and grew up around Kunawarritji, Rarrki and Nyilangkurr, where her father died.

In 1963, with her husband and extended family, she met the surveyor Len Beadell, who was grading roads for the Woomera rocket range.

This meeting prompted them to join their relatives who were living at Jigalong mission.

In 1982 Jakayu moved to Punmu community, where she lives today with her children and grandchildren.

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