Ngarralja Tommy May

"I was big when I left my country. I was already hunting by myself. I was with my young brother and my mother. My father had passed away by this time. I know these stories and these places in my country. I paint these now. We are not allowed to paint that story for other people's country. We will get killed or into trouble if we do this. I first saw paintings in caves. I learned a lot from people, mostly my father and grandfather. When I paint I think about this."
Ngarralja Tommy May

Ngarralja Tommy May is a Wangkajungka/Walmajarri man. He was born at Yarrnkurnja in the Great Sandy Desert. He dances and sings Kurtal, a ceremony relating to the main jila (living waterhole) in his country.

Ngarralja's themes include Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) stories and bush foods from the Great Sandy Desert, Pulany Jirtirl ngapa jila (living waterhole) Louisa Downs country, Yarrngkurrnja hill in the Great Sandy Desert, country from east of the Canning Stock Route, Mukurrutu waterhole, Purrkarra rockhole and Tali (sandhill), jumu (soakwater) in the Great Sandy Desert.

Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Language Group
Walmajarri
Date of Birth
January 1st 1935