Mary Brown Napangati

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MARY BROWN NAPANGARTI ( Also cited as Mary Brown Napangardi )

DOB: Circa 1949

BIRTHPLACE : In the locality of Lapi Lapi on the Western Australia / Northern Territory border 870km WNW of Alice Springs.


The below notes were translated verbatim by Bess Nungurrayi Price during an interview with Mary. Bess is a former minister in the Northern Territory Government. She was born in Yuendumu living a traditional life. Bess is an accomplished artist in her own right and a close relative to Mary and her extended family.

Mary’s parents were traditional people from the Mina Mina area which lies between Nyrripi and Lapi Lapi. Mina Mina is also traditional country to Mary’s extended family which includes Paddy Lewis Tjapanangka being the father of the late Dorothy Napangardi, Dorothy being a cousin to Mary. Pegleg Tjampitjinpa was Mary’s brother in law having been married to Mary’s sister Margaret.

Mary and her extended family were brought into Mount Doreen by the anthropologist Donald F Thomson in 1957 ( reference “ Bindibu Country )

After the establishment of Nyrripi community, which lies 160km west of Yuendumu, and on the south west boundary of Mount Doreen Station which encompasses an area of 8000 km sq, the family re-located, she now bides her time between Kintore and Nyrripi with her husband Ronnie Tjampitjinpa.


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Mary Brown Napangati Seaforth Exhibition 2019

Harvey Galleries are thrilled to announce the first solo exhibiton of Warlpriri artist Mary Brown Napangati as featured in Art Month Sydney 7-30 March. Harvey Galleries warmly invites you and your … read more →