Shirley Purdie: My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe

2022 - Highly commended

Highly commended

Told in English and Gija, this is Shirley Purdie's life story, depicted alongside her stunning paintings. In My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe, Shirley shares vignettes of her life growing up on Mabel Downs station, and her Gija Culture, Country and Dreaming.  She explains her Dreaming is Echidna Dreaming and she teaches us about bush fruit and hunting.  She also shares the story of her working life, as a maid in the homestead on Mabel Downs station, and later in life as an artist, and how her mum taught her how to paint her Country.