Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi (dry harvested grass) with natural and brown raffia
L18cm x W13cm x H15cm
Tinpulya was born near the remote South Australia community of Fregon. She is the sister of Wipana Jimmy and now lives in Watarru. Tinpulya sometimes collaborates on her fibre art with her neice Anne Dixon and her sister Wipana Jimmy.
"Where I come from is Waru Tjukurpa, which means Fire Dreaming. Because of that Waru Tjukurpa I have certain healing powers. It is from here that I get my ngangkari powers to heal children. Watarru is my mother's country. Our mother and father went over to Ernabella (SA) to become shephards, and so I was born near Kunma Piti. That's how I came to be going to Ernabella school and learnt to read and write in Pitjantjatjara. In recent years people moved back from Ernabella to Kaltjiti, and then they moved back to Watarru. These changes happened around the same time as the changes of government.
Now we are living back on our own traditional country and quite a few of us are working for Land Management, cleaning our rockholes, monitoring rare and endangered species such as brush tailed possums and black footed wallabies, mallee fowls and great desert skinks and marsupial moles. We are cleaning the same rockholes that our strong and healthy grandfathers and grandmothers would clean and drink from. We are caring for the land that they cared for and which gave them fruits and seeds and berries with which to raise strong and healthy children."