Angkaliya was born at Miti in South Australian Pitjantjatjara Lands. When she was small she travelled with her mother to Watarru (her mothers country). The family spent time at Ernabella mission and cattle station properties exchanging animal skins (dingoes and rabbits) for flour and sugar. She married and lived at the 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. She learned from her mother and grandmother the secrets of the land and acquired an intimate understanding of the environment and the ancestoral creation stories associated with it. Art and craft are still important to Angkaliya and she maintains a prolific weaving and artifact production. Her camp is scattered with discarded raffia and spinifex from the tjanpi baskets she has made. These textured baskets and wooden carvings are distinctive in their unique quirkiness a quality she also brings to her paintings.