Nora Wompi grew up in the desert, primarily north and east of Punmu and Kunawarritji communities. When she was young, her parents often went hunting and left her in the care of her older brother. Wompi remembers him as a good brother, who carried her to the shade, and brought her cool water. She stayed with her family until she was able to hunt for herself, but eventually decided that she, like many of her relatives, would leave the desert. Wompi travelled north through Kulikujara, Puntilyarr, Walayurtu, Pankarn, Jintijinti and Mayililyi before reaching Billiluna. She lived at Balgo and surrounding communities before returning to Kunawarritji to be with her close relatives. She is a prolific painter and evocative storyteller, with deep knowledge about the country surrounding her home at Kunawarritji.
Photograph courtesy and copyright Tobias Titz.