1935 - 2002
Kukatja, Ngarti, Warlpiri
Mati is one of the major Law women at Wirrumanu (Balgo). She lived a traditional life in the country between the communities of Yagga Yagga, Balgo and Kururrungku (Billiluna) until her family moved into the old Balgo Mission. There she recalls looking after the goats and making bread in the kitchen.
Mati moved to Sturt Creek Station to work as a domestic, however later returned to Balgo to educate her children. Mati is a respected senior dancer in the community and plays an important role in women’s ceremonial business. Mati has travelled extensively in Australia since commencing painting at Balgo, including to Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. She has been involved in several publications such as Yarrtji: Six Women’s Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, 1997 Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 1998.