Bai Bai Napangarti

Bai Bai Napangarti is a senior lawwoman of Balgo. Her country extends from Mangkayi in the Stansmore Ranges to just south of Yagga Yagga. Bai Bai spent her youth and early adult years travelling through her family's land, learning traditional law and culture. She has travelled extensively for cultural reasons and, in 1989, she danced at the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Perth. 

Bai Bai began to paint in Balgo in 1986 and has since introduced younger members of her family to painting. She has been involved in several publications including Yarrtji: Six women’s stories from the Great Sandy Desert (Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 1997), which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards. Bai Bai is a long-serving member of the Kimberley Land Council and a strong practitioner of women's law and culture in Balgo.

Bai Bai was married to artist Sunfly Tjampitjin (now deceased).

Courtesy of Warlayirti Artists

Language Group
Kukatja / Ngardi