Wilma Napangardi Poulson

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DOB: 1970
Born: Yuendumu, Northern Territory
Skin Name: Napangardi
Country: Yuendumu, NT

Wilma Napangardi Poulson was born in 1970 in the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory, 290 km from the town of Alice Springs. She went to the local school in Yuendumu, then to Yirara College in Alice. When she finished schooling she returned to Yuendumu, which is also the location of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Wilma has been painting with this arts centre since 2004. She paints several Dreamings, but the ones that feature constantly are the Bush Banana Dreaming depicting Vaughan Springs country and the Snake Vine Dreaming relating to the Mt Theo area. These Dreamings, passed down through the generations for thousands of years, were taught to Wilma by her father and relate to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it.

Wilma's sister, Ivy Napangardi Poulson, is also an artist working with Warlukurlangu Artists; she also has a brother who alternates between Darwin and Nyirripi. Wilma was married but her husband passed away. She has no children but loves to take care of her nephew.


Themes
Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming)
Yuparli Jukurrpa (Bush Banana Dreaming)
Karnta Jukurrpa (Women's Dreaming)
Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)