Art and craft are important to Angkaliya and she maintains a prolific weaving and artefact production. Her camp is scattered with discarded raffia and spinifex from the Tanpi baskets she makes. These textured baskets and wooden carvings are distinctive in their unique quirkiness a quality she also brings to her paintings.
Angkaliya was born in 1928 at Miti in South Australia. When she was small she travelled with her mother to Watarru (her mother’s country). The family spent time at Ernabella Mission and at cattle station properties exchanging animal skins (dingoes and rabbits) for flour and sugar. She married and lived in Ernabella where she worked in the craft room spinning wool and making rugs. In the 1960s she moved closer to her traditional homeland when the community of Amata began. Today she lives and works at Nyapari Community. Angkaliya lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle often walking long distances in the desert where traditional knowledge of the country, its water holes and food supplies are vital to survival. From her mother and grandmother she learned the secrets of the land and acquired an intimate understanding of the environment and the ancestoral creation stories associated with it.