Date of Birth: 
01.07.36
Language: 
Wangkatjungka
Country: 
Kiriwirri

Tjigila Nada Rawlins is a Wangkajungka woman from the Great Sandy Desert. She is a founding member of Karrayili Adult Education Centre and began painting in 1994 at the Karrayili annexe established in Wangkajungka community, 100km southeast of Fitzroy Crossing. Today Nada paints at Mangkaja Arts. This is Tjigila’s story:
 
I was born in the Great Sandy Desert. My mother never put me in a blanket. I never saw my father. We walked from the desert along the Canning Stock Route. We walked through Billiluna. One kartiya [European] called Len Brown picked us up early in the morning in a truck. He took us to Moola Bulla. I had a sore on my arm and they took me to the clinic. They gave me lots of needles. When my arm was better I lived with my family at Moola Bulla. Then we walked alongside the river to Christmas Creek. We walked becuase we had no motorcar. We carried our swags on our heads.

Collections: 
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Charles Darwin University
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Fitzroy Crossing High School
Exhibitions: 
2008: Fitzroy Valley Education Centre – panels project