3 Women with Long Hair by Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson

3 Women with Long Hair by Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson

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  • Artist: Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson
  • Title: Munkurrupa Kungka (3 Women with Long Hair)
  • Language: Luritja
  • Region: Mount Liebig, NT
  • Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
  • Size: 30x30cm

Artist: Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson was born at Papunya community, west of Alice Springs in 1965. She attended and lived at Yirara College for four years, where she completed Year 10. The acquiring of a good education was very important to Fabrianne, and in 1982 she worked at the local school as a teacher’s aide, as her English was very good. After leaving Yirara she started painting at Mount Liebig which is further west of Papunya, towards Kintore.


Story: Three women are shown down the centre of this artwork. Also depicted are the women’s ceremonial artefacts (coolamon, digging stick, hair string belt and ceremonial dancing stick). The women have gathered to perform a ceremony at a women’s site to the west of Papunya, the same as the ancestral spirits performed back in the Dreamtime.