Kumantjai L Namatjira Lankin (1951-2017)
On behalf of the Namatjira family, it is with great sadness in our hearts that we share the passing of Kumantjai L Namatjira Lankin. Born in 1951 at Raggatt’s Well near Glen Helen in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Kumantjai was the beloved mother of Theo, Melissa, Trevor and Kumantjai G Namatjira. Grandmother, and great grandmother to many, matriarch of the Namatjira family. Kumantjai was a leading light for the Hermannsburg Watercolour movement and a tireless advocate for the copyright of her grandfather to be rightfully returned to her family, to ensure a brighter future for her Western Aranda community. The copyright was returned just 6 short days before her passing, a bittersweet victory but one we hope provided her with great relief before she passed – she has left a great legacy. A combined funeral service for Kumantjai and her son will be held at Ntaria Lutheran Church on the 14th November at 10am. The family has requested that public tributes follow after the funeral.
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