Gudu Mungulu

Date of Birth: 1936

Clan: Ngarinyin

Gudu is the warm and generous Mungulu matriarch. She is a traditional, highly respected elder who teaches language and tells stories to the students at Derby District High School. She is a prolific artist and continues to inspire her large extended family with stories from the traditional culture.

Her daughters Edna, Margaret, Marjorie, Mildred, Sandra and Robyn, are all artists, as well as her granddaughters Jackie and Diedre. Gudu's husband, Alan, was a respected Worrorra leader. He taught young children in the Wotjulum and Mowanjum mission schools and was known for his pearl shell carvings. Together, they ran the mission store for many years.

Gudu specialises in painting bush tucker, including Waanungga (bush honey). Her work is keenly sought for its authenticity and strong design and is represented in both Art Gallery of Western Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia.