A highly-respected senior woman, Betty Muffler works at Iwantja Arts, her practice spanning painting, drawing, printmaking and tjanpi (native grass) weaving.
Betty Muffler is a renowned ngangkari (traditional healer), having learnt this practise from her aunties, handed down through her father’s side. Alongside a rigorous art practice, Betty works extensively with NPY Women’s Council and medical practitioners to support Anangu to good health and through times of crisis.
Born near Watarru, Betty Muffler grew up at the Ernabella Mission following the displacement and deaths of family members in the aftermath of the British nuclear testing at Maralinga and Emu Field. Witnessing the devastation of country and surviving this experience motivates Betty Muffler’s recurring depiction of healing sites and the intensity of her connection to these places in her paintings titled ‘Ngangkari Ngura’ (Healing Country).