Mary Puntji Clement

"My father found me at Ngarrandhu on the turtle, that’s my totem. He was a policeman tracker who used to bring parents and their kids back to the mission. He found my mother out there [in the bush] and carried her to the mission on horseback with him. They were both married already but they fell in love."
Mary Puntji Clement

As a community elder, Mary Puntji (alt. sp.  Punchi) Clement holds a wealth of knowledge regarding her cultural traditions. She paints ceremony and events which include dancing and hunting. She also paints botanical themes. Her botanical paintings are not limited to land plants but also include freshwater and saltwater aquatic plants, known as food sources for sea creatures which are also an important part of Kalumburu culture.

Courtesy of Kira Kiro Art Centre

Mary passed away in early September 2016. She is sadly missed by her community.

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