Artist | KUMPAYA GIRGIBA

Artist | KUMPAYA GIRGIBA


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by KUMPAYA GIRGIBA of Martumili Artists. The title is Kunawarritji. [08-496] (Acrylic on Canvas)

KUMPAYA GIRGIBA

Kunawarritji

Kumpaya was born near Kiwirrkura and walked all around that area with her family.

Her brothers include the established artists Charlie Wallabi, Helicopter and Patrick Tjangurrayi.

Kumpaya recalls the time she and her family first saw an aeroplane.

They quickly hid their small children (including Ngamaru Bidu) in the bushes by the closest waterhole.

The plane was, in fact, searching for them and over subsequent days, the family alternately hid from the whitefellas and ran from aeroplanes and Land Rovers. Eventually, the pursuers spotted the smoke of the family’s campfire and drove up to their camp.

The whitefellas gave everyone bananas, oranges and apples.

Kumpaya says that they put the food on the fire but it cooked away to nothing and they threw it away.

The whitefellas also gave them tea and sugar, but Kumpaya and her family thought the sugar was poison and threw all the food away.

The whitefellas were from Jigalong mission and after some consideration, Kumpaya and her family decided to travel with them into Jigalong.

After living in Jigalong mission, Kumpaya worked on several stations before moving to Parnngurr community in the 1980s..



Kumpaya was born near Kiwirrkura and walked all around that area with her family.

Her brothers include the established artists Charlie Wallabi, Helicopter and Patrick Tjangurrayi.

Kumpaya recalls the time she and her family first saw an aeroplane.

They quickly hid their small children (including Ngamaru Bidu) in the bushes by the closest waterhole.

The plane was, in fact, searching for them and over subsequent days, the family alternately hid from the whitefellas and ran from aeroplanes and Land Rovers. Eventually, the pursuers spotted the smoke of the family’s campfire and drove up to their camp.

The whitefellas gave everyone bananas, oranges and apples.

Kumpaya says that they put the food on the fire but it cooked away to nothing and they threw it away.

The whitefellas also gave them tea and sugar, but Kumpaya and her family thought the sugar was poison and threw all the food away.

The whitefellas were from Jigalong mission and after some consideration, Kumpaya and her family decided to travel with them into Jigalong.

After living in Jigalong mission, Kumpaya worked on several stations before moving to Parnngurr community in the 1980s..



Exhibitions that KUMPAYA GIRGIBA has exhibited at

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The Art of Aboriginal Australia - NUS Alumni …

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‘Ngamu nu la ngurra ra kujupa – Bringing Cult…

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