Margaret Smith


2548-19 Basket

Tjanpi (wild harvested grass) with rainbow raffia

Diam 33cm x H6cm

1 in stock

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Artist Biography

Margaret is a Yankunytjatjara woman, a bush woman who was born on Erldunda station and who has had a varied and hard-working life. Margaret lived on Erldunda station throughout her childhood, until 1961, when her family was transferred to Amoonguna Reserve (outside Alice Springs.)

In 1962 the family was transferred to Areyonga by the Welfare authorities. They stayed there for a while and then went walking in the bush with horses, camels and donkeys. They walked along back to Erldunda, hunting meat, rabbit meat, and gathering bush tucker.

Margaret married in Finke and had three children there. She worked as Store Manager, and then as the co-ordinator of the Women’s Workforce. She became a member of the Community Council, and later, the Chairperson. She studied interpreting in Alice Springs and became one of the very first Anangu accredited interpreters. 

A highly regarded spokesperson for the NPY region, she is a former Liaison Officer of Imanpa Arts and Crafts and has been a member of a number of boards and committees including the Board of Management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Cross-border Reference Group on Volatile Substance Misuse.

In 2000 she was one of 330 Aboriginal women who performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. As an elected Director of NPY Women’s Council, Margaret prides herself on working effectively with Anangu and white people together.

Margaret has only been weaving since 2014 but is already a highly skilled weaver creating both baskets and sculptures. Her work exceptionally well made, with strong design elements and is highly sought after.