Nelli Marks Nakamarra
People: Pintubi - Luritja
Language: Pintubi - Luritja
is a quiet, shy and unassuming person by nature. She was born in 1976
and has learned the dreamings of her family ever since she was a small
child. Nelli paints the dreaming of her fatherís and her
grandfatherís country which lies to the east of Kintore in the
Northern Territory. The specific place of this dreaming cannot be given,
as it is sacred to the artist. The only dreaming she wishes to paint is
the Turkey Dreaming.
dreaming has been handed down from generation to generation for many
thousands of years. Nelli must now keep this dreaming and pass it on to
future generations so that it may be preserved.
works around Kintore and has over a period of time gradually developed
painting skills taught to her by Old Mick Namarrari, Uta Uta, Pinta
Pinta and the great master her father Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. This
advancement has been very important in that it has enabled her the
confidence to enter into wider society so that she may now show the
world her culture and her dreaming.
is a respected member of her people and follows a traditional lifestyle.
She takes part in womenís ceremonies and womenís painting when she
is in her country. Nelli is very confident and proud when speaking of
her traditional ways. She paints with harmony and this is manifested by
a seemingly effortless skill and an apparently natural sense of peace
and charm; qualities which reflect her persona and acclaim the spirit of