Biography

Eileen was born in the bush at Makiri, Tjala Minyma Tjukurpa (Honeyant Women’s sacred place) c1919. Her father was a Yangkunytjatjara man and her mother a Pitjantjatjara woman. When Eileen was a young woman she worked at Ernabella mission milking goats. “I was a hard worker at the mission, but it was good.” Her husband also worked at Ernabella chopping trees for building projects. Later they came to Nyapari, Eileen’s husbands country. Eileen passed away in February 2008, she was 89 and still singing and painting with a passion and energy.