Uwalki Watiya Tjuta


Dimensions - 180cm x 195cm

Debra Nangala McDonald is a Pintupi artist, born at Papunya in 1963. Her family includes many artists, her mother Martha McDonald, her aunties Linda Syddick Napaltjarri and Wendy Napaltjarri and most importantly her Grandfather, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi (circa. 1920 – 1987). Shorty was one of the founders of the Papunya Tula Art Collective established in the Western Desert in the 1970’s. The family has a strong line of stories that relate to their experiences travelling great distances from the Gibson Desert to come into the desert settlements. The family group settled in the small communities at Haasts Bluff, Papunya and Mt Liebig during the 1940’s.

Debra is the Custodian of the Dreaming Uwalki Watiya Tjuta, originally painted by Mitjili Napurrula . Debra became the new Custodian after Mitjili’s passing.

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta is a remarkably strong image representing the root of a Desert tree used for making spears. Uwalki refers to the area where the trees grow most prolifically and Watiya Tjuta is the tree itself, which is also known as a Mulga tree.