JUDY (KUMANTJAYI) WATSON NAPANGARDI
Kumantjayi Watson Napangardi was born around 1935 at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, and lived a nomadic life for most of her time growing up. JWN, along with her family often walked and lived in Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu.
JWN's sister Maggie Napangardi Watson taught her how to paint and the ancestral country and its bush tucker. Judy's other sister is a famous artist in her own right - Dorothy Napangardi.
JWN passed away peacefully in Yuendumu on May 17, 2016.
In respect to the mourning family and Aboriginal culture, Dreamtime Art will only refer to her as Kumantjayi Watson Napangardi or JWN and have kept her first name only in the heading.
Kumantjayi Watson Napangardi peacefully passed away in her home country Yuendumu. We shared many memories with her and her family and she will be sadly missed.
JWN was a tiny woman but was full of colour and fire, very much like her art. We mourn with the family she leaves behind. Her photo, first name and artworks have been temporarily removed from our website until further notice from the Napangardi family.
Kumantjayi is a 'name' used to refer to a person who for cultural reasons cannot be named. In this incidence, due to Kumantjayi's untimely death, her name is not be said or her photo to be shown until prior permission from her family has been obtained.Traditional law across the Northern Territory where traditions are prevalent says that a dead person's name could not be said because you would recall and disturb their spirit.