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Marie Mudjidell

Biography

Marie Mudjidell - Born: 1952 Location: Sturt Creek Language: Ngarti, Kukatja and Tjaru Skin: Nakamarra

Marie is the oldest daughter of Mati (Bridget) Mudjidell. She was born at Sturt Creek Station and later moved to Ruby Plains with her family. Her mother's country is near Yagga Yagga, Ngarti people's country. Her father is from Sturt Creek, a place called Killi Killi. Marie left her family to attend the school at Balgo Mission. When she finished her schooling she worked in the laundry of Billiluna Station. This is where she met her husband with whom she moved to Balgo to put their children through school.

It was at Balgo that Marie started painting her water dreaming and the country of Sturt Creek. Marie has also been involved with the Language Center producing Tjukurrpa stories for the children in traditional language. Marie continues to work for meals on wheels, caring for the old people of the community and is a Church leader. She takes the young girls through ceremony, as well as being a respected storyteller and knowledgeable about bush medicines.

The themes in her paintings include: water lilies, Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime) stories of the seven sisters and Sturt Creek country.

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