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KNGWARREYE, Emily Kame

Born: 1910

Died: 2/9/1996

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

In 1995, Emily became the first Indigenous woman artist to have a major retrospective.  She was born in 1910 on Utopia Station where she worked as a stockman and became a senior figure and a respected  Eastern Anmatyerre senior Law woman.  She started painting in the public arena when she was in her eighties.  Her work became recognised nationally and internationally and is included in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.  

Emily had an all-encompassing knowledge of the atnwelarr yam and its growth cycle because it was her Dreaming, and she painted all the different aspects of the yam, including its tiny seeds, leaves and flowers. 

Additional Information:

In 1977, she was a founding member of the Utopia Women's Batik Group.


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