Roma Butler Wanalukatuku, 2005 Irrunytju

Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 140 x 98 cm ID: #IRR05160

    About this artwork

    The Minmya Kutjara Tjukurrpa is very important in Irrunytju. In this painting the two sisters sit on hills near Irrunytju. They are weaving string belts in preparation for secret womens business.

    About Roma Butler

    Roma Nyutjangka Butler, a belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group, was born in 1959 at Wilu rockhole, and the kanyala (euro kangaroo) tjukurpa track. Roma spent her early years at Ernabella mission in South Australia and then travelled by camel to Warburton in West Australia, where she went to school and learnt to read and write. Irrunytju is her grandfather’s brother’s country. Roma works at Irrunytju Arts as an artist and with Ngaanyatjarra Media presenting a daily radio program of local music and news with her husband Simon Butler. She continues to practice traditional cultural activities including hunting and gathering bush foods, singing and dancing inma. Roma has been encouraged to paint and been taught the many sub-plots and interconnected stories of the tjukurpa by the minyma pampa (old woman), especially