Sylvia Nulpinditji

Sylvia Nulpinditji is Galpu clan. Her family is the Arnhem land people. SilviaHer skin-group is Balinydjan, and she is from the Dhuwa group.

Syliva  now lives in Darwin with her husband Clinton Gaykamangu and their children.

Sylvia is: an

  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Cultural Image Designer
  • Traditional/Contemporary dance and movement workshop facilitator and performer

About learning culture

“Both of my parents were responsible for teaching me culture. My mother is a strong storyteller and my father was responsible from crafting arm and head bands for ceremonies”

About cultural responsibility

“My role is a very important one. I am appointed as a traditional artist by my family and other clan groups. They recognise me for the work I do. I am recognised for painting for ceremony – painting women of all ages but especially young girls. I support and teach other Yolngu  women and they teach me – we enjoy sharing ideas.”

About sharing culture

“I can’t hold myself back and not share! I hope that people get the idea of what we are trying to teach about our culture. Hopefully they will understand where we are coming from and embrace it.”


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