Naomi Kantjurinyi

Minyma Tjuta Kunpu Mulapa! Happy 2019 International Women’s Day!

NPY Women’s Council has proudly advocated for Anangu women throughout the Central Desert Region since 1980. Since NPY Women’s Councils inception 38 years ago, our organisation has been lead by women with a strong vision to address issues directly effecting women in the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara region. Awareness of the importance of women’s voices in governance and decision making has always been priority for our organisation. We are continually guided by our values, to deliver on our purpose and ensure we deliver for and to our community, more and better choices; a good life for all Anangu.
For International Women’s Day 2019 our directors and staff would like to highlight the tireless work of Naomi Kantjurinyi, a key member of our Ngangkari team:
Naomi is a prolific artist, hunter, basket maker and wood carver, represented in many public art collections. She is also well known for her extensive knowledge of the Tjukurpa of her country, as well a highly regarded ngangkari (traditional healer). She is a devoted grandmother and has a special interest in the health and wellbeing of children. She is a long time member of NPY Women’s Council Ngangkari team and her story features in the book ‘Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari’. She paints for Tjala Arts and her fibre art can be purchased  at Tjanpi Desert Weavers.