Nora Nyutjanka Davidson

Nora Nyutjanka Davidson

I was born in the bush near Mantamaru (Jameson). When I was young we moved to Warburton, where we lived on the Mission, with my mother and my father. I went to school. We would go out bush with Mrs Holiday to Snake Well to have picnic lunch, every Saturday, then we would walk from Snake well to the Mission. There was a drum of water halfway if we got thirsty.

I was married at Warburton to a good man, not a grog man or drinker. I lived with lots of families, two daughters, one son, they look after me. I was a school teacher at Warburton where I taught them kids. I took kids to Dampier and to Karratha (Western Australia) for school holiday.

After I got married we moved to Wingellina, where I painted and used to work in the Office Staying at Wingellina a long time with the families. I worked in the office, gave them money out. I was painting with Irrunytju Artists when Brian and Amanda where there (2001).

One time I took my sick grandson to Alice Springs, then Adelaide. While I was away my husband was flown to Kalgoorlie from Wingellina, he was sick. I was in Adelaide with my grandson, Brandon Davidson. I didn’t see my husband again. The doctor phoned me in Adelaide to tell me my husband had passed away. My grandson picked up the phone. He said hello. Where’s your grandma? My grandson was crying and I cried. I did not see my husband, long time didn’t see. I had a good cry for my husband.

I got to Alice Springs with my grandson. I left my grandson in hospital. My son was waiting for me to take me to Warburton for funeral. Another grandmother, Molly Miller, went there [Alice Springs] to look after my grandson. After funeral I went back to Wingellina then moved to Blackstone. Another daughter was looking after me, Janine Davidson.

Now I am painting. I paint my country where I been born. Multjul birthplace where I been born. I took ladies there for painting, took some white ladies to see the place. I make tjanpi (weaving with spinifex grass). I make tjanpi Toyota. Worked on Seven Sisters Songlines – Seven Sisters flying – I was there. I went to Canberra, saw that Seven Sisters Songlines.

Further Artist Information

Community: Papulankutja (Blackstone) : WA