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Nakarra Nakarra



Kathleen Padoon Napanangka


circa 1938 - 08 Apr 2019

Language group

Ngarti, Western Desert region


Kathleen Padoon Napanangka spent her early years in the country south of Yaka Yaka, which included her father's country, Mangkayi, and her mother's country, Nantalarra and Nakarra Nakarra. During this time the family occasionally travelled to Gordon Downs Station for rations of flour, tea, sugar and tobacco. When Padoon was still quite young her family moved to Sturt Creek, where Padoon worked in the laundry. She later met her husband Paddy Padoon here when he was working in the stock camp. Padoon then moved to Old Balgo Mission with her family and had to place her young children in the dormitory so she could work in the garden and in the kitchen making bread. When they were able the family would travel back to Sturt Creek on weekends and at holiday time. Padoon now lives at Wirrimanu and started to paint for Warlayirti Artists in the late 1980s. She held her first solo exhibition in 2004.

The Warlayirti Artists documentation for these works states:

"Kathleen has depicted her country south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is named Nakarra Nakarra and is one of the sites of the Seven Sisters' Dreaming, a story about seven sisters who travel the ancestral landscape running from an old man who wanted to marry the youngest. At Nakarra Nakarra a group of hills embody the seven sisters. The circle depicted represents a warniri (rockhole) and the surrounding features are the tali (sandhills) found in this country".

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007




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24.5 x 24.5 cm platemark

Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "X". Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University 2007


Not on display

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Artist information

Kathleen Padoon Napanangka

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Where the work was made
Balgo Hills

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history