Nanyuma is a Pintupi senior law woman. She paints designs associated with women's Ceremony at Marrapinti, located west of Pollock Hills in Western Australia, south of the remote community Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert where Nanyuma was born.
Marrapinti is a rock hole site and a place of cultural significance for the Aboriginal people. Her female ancestors stopped at this site to collect desert raisins, a vital bush food, which would grow after the rains, fruiting for a couple of months each year.
Nanyuma Napangati was born around 1940 and she lived a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle until her mid-twenties. Welfare patrols brought her and her family to Papunya in 1964 where they settled.
Nanyuma began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996 and three years later she was involved in the Kiwirrkurra Women's Painting project, which created work to be auctioned to raise money for the Renal Unit at Kintore.