Zeza Nampijinpa Egan

Zeza Nampijinpa Egan

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Biography

Zeza Nampijinpa Egan was born in 1959 in Coniston, a cattle station 75 km west of Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her father Teddy Jangala Egan (dec) was a respected elder and a well-known Aboriginal tracker. In the early 60’s her family moved to Yuendumu. She attended the local school in Yuendumu, but when her mother passed away, Zeza was only 10 years old, she moved to Alice Springs with her father. In Alice Springs Zeza attended Traeger Park School, finishing her education at Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding school. Zeza returned to Yuendumu, where she looked after her nieces and nephews before moving to Ali-Curung, located 350 km north of Alice Springs. She visits her family often. She has three children and lots of grandkids. Zeza is a leading artist at Arlpwe Art Centre in Ali-Curung. She paints Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Bush Fire Dreaming) and Bush Tucker stories. These stories were passed down to her by her father and his father’s father for millennea. She is a visiting artist with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu. Zeza is a very active community member and has worked with the Night Patrol in Ali-Curung and is currently President for the Arlpwe Art Centre. When she visits Yuendumu she works at the ‘Big Shop’ Supermarket. When she is not working or painting she likes to go hunting for kangaroo, goanna and bush tucker.