Nyunmiti Burton

 

Born: 1964, Alice Springs

Language: Pitjantjatjara

Art Centre: Tjala Arts, Amata

 

Nyunmiti Burton was born in Alice Springs in 1964. She grew up in Pukatja (Ernabella) with her parents where she attended school. After completing her final school years at Yirara College in Alice Springs, Nyunmiti moved back to Ernabella and began her first job at the arts and crafts centre working with batik.

In 1980, Nyunmiti married and moved to Amata where she began a career as an Aboriginal Education Worker. Nyunmiti trained to become a teacher, completing her degree in 1997 and has subsequently spent many years teaching at Amata School.

Nyunmiti is the Vice Chairperson of NPY Women's Council and has many years of experience in community governance. She has previously been a member of Amata Community Council and Director of Tjala Arts.

In between working for Women’s Council and teaching Pitjantjatjarra in Adelaide, Nyunmiti is also a practicing artist, painting her country and remembering stories passed down to her from her father, mother and grandfather.