Thomas Tjapaltjarri [c1964-]

Romantically known as one of the ‘last nomads’, Thomas Tjapaltjarri was one of a group of nine [including his two brothers] from the Pintupi tribe who made national headlines back in 1984 when they walked out of the desert, west of Lake Mackay, into the small Kiwirrkura community, just inside the Western Australian border. Anthropologists were not aware of their existence and it was the tribe’s first encounter with white people. All three brothers, Thomas, Warlimpirrnga and Walala are now considered to be among the leading Pintupi artists from the Western Desert region.