Lena Mayiyi Ngurruwuthun

Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts

My name is Lena Mayiyi Ngurruwuthun. My father is the late Bidarrk Wanapuyngu and my mother is the late Dorothy Nimadjurru Nugudalpuyngu from Baykurrtji. I was married to the law man and painter John Gambali Ngurruwuthun. I lived with him in Yirrkala and we had two boys and one girl. He taught me to paint my mother’s designs about the freshwater meeting the saltwater. After his death I moved back to Gapuwiyak and I still use his surname Ngurruwuthun. I also paint the story for Baygurrtji, my mothers country.