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Portait of Wijiji Anna Johns. - click to view larger image

born 1949, Ngardi language group, Nakamarra skin group, Mulan community, Paruku Indigenous Protected Area

I was schooling there until I got married in 1968. That’s how I got out of the dormitory.

Anna was born at old Balgo but was taken by nuns and raised in the mission, where she learned English before her own Ngardi language.

She and her husband, Rex Johns, worked on stations, raised five children and lived at Balgo before setting up Mulan community.

A long rectangular dot painting on canvas showing a topographical map of a region with a lake or river system which starts at the lower right side and moves up the centre to the top. There is a red wavy line and pink-brown lines like tracks or roads on the painting. The sections in the painting are dotted with different colour combinations including lime green and green, pink and green, beige and black, yellow and orange, blue, yellow and orange, black, grey and brown, pink and purple and others.

Paruku

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