I was born in the 1930s near Nampinpa country in the Great Sandy Desert. I grew up in Yimpurrpa and travelled down the Canning Stock Route. My mother Wayurla Napurrula passed away at Tangku and my father at Nampinpa.
When I was about 12 or 13 years old, my sister Ngamapu Napangardi took me to Christmas Creek. The station manager there was a kartiya (European) who sent me to Yeeda Station to work. I returned to Christmas Creek as a stockman. I used to walk around or use a donkey to get around. I drove bullocks across the Tanami Desert from Balgo to Alice Springs and worked in every station.
I began painting at Karrayili in Wangkatjungka. In the 1990s I began to make artefacts and carvings. I've been painting with Mangkaja Arts since the late 1990s