Maimie Nginytja Butler
Maimie was born just outside of Mantamaru (Jameson) and grew up in Papulankuta (Blackstone). She is the eldest of seven siblings. She spent much of her childhood in the Benson camp with Kantjupayi Benson. Later she went with the Benson family to Warburton. Maimie is a member of the Mitchell family who are custodians of the country that lies north of Papulankutja along the Walu road. It is a place of many stories and important cultural places. Mamie married Mark Butler from Tjukurla and spends time travelling extensively throughout the Ngaanyatjarra Lands to visit family, for cultural events and bush trips.
Maimie has fulfilled many leadership roles including as Papulankutja Artists Chairperson, Chairperson and member of the Board of Directors for NPY Women’s Council and Deputy Chairperson, Blackstone Community Council. She has worked with Utikulintja at NPY Womens Council Mental Health.
Over the years she has worked in education, health, the community store and the art centre.
She is responsible for maintaining many songlines and has a number of Tjukurrpa (dreaming stories) she depicts in her paintings including the perentie and echidna Tjukurrpa.
Further Artist Information
Community: Papulankutja (Blackstone) : WA