Kangaroo by Roma Butler


Kangaroo by Roma Butler


Roma Butler

Irruntyju (Wingellina Community)

40 x 80 x 23xm

Tjanpi (Dry grass), wool, raffia

©Roma Butler, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council

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Roma Nyutjangka Butler from Irrunytju is a weaver belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group. She was born in 1959 at Wilo rockhole, on 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 Western Australia, where she went to school and learnt to read and write. Irrunytju is her grandfather’s brother’s country. Roma also works at Minyma Kutjara Arts and with Ngaanyatjarra Media presenting a radio program of local music and news.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a signatory  to the Indigenous Art Code, is a dynamic social enterprise of the NPY Women's Council, Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') supports Aboriginal women living in remote Central and Western desert communities to create contemporary fibre art. When collecting desert grasses (minarri, wangumu and yirlintji), women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and tech children about country. Grass is bound with wool, string or raffia and sometimes combined combined with yinirnti (red seeds of the bat-wing coral tree) and wipiya (emu feathers).

Tjanpi Desert Weavers confirms the accuracy of the details of Set out on this accompanying Code Certificate.

Text by Andrea Mason, CEO, NPY Women's Council.

Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi field officers regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place.

Tjanpi also runs public weaving workshops, a public gallery in Alice Springs, it regularly exhibits work in national galleries right through to facilitating commissions for public institutions and collectors.