Helen was born in 1973 at Alice Springs hospital over 600kms from her traditional country of Cave Hill near Amata. Cave Hill is of the Seven Sisters’ song line, an important Dreaming story for central desert people.
Her family moved to Mutjitjulu at Uluru (Ayres Rock) where she worked as a guide for Anangu tours. She taught visitors about Aboriginal culture and traditional food collection and preparation.
Today Helen lives with her mother Angkaliya Curtis in Nyapari Community. Nyapari is nestled beneath the Mann Ranges, in the heart of country traditionally owned by Pitjantjatjara people. These ranges known as Murputja, are the source of many water holes and traditional camping places.
The homelands of Kanpi, Nyapari, Angatja, Umpukulu and Tjankanu have grown from these seasonal camping places into permanent settlements. Over fifty artists from Murputja joined together with family members living in traditional country 180kms to the south at Watarru and created Tjungu Palya (Good Together).