Karnu Taylor and Rebecca Bliege Bird
Karnu Taylor is a Martu woman, senior custodian of the Warnman Estates in the heart of Karlamilyi and internationally renown artist. Mrs. Taylor is a mother, grandmother, and guide for generations of Martu, and has worked for many years mentoring Rebecca Bliege Bird and Doug Bird in Martu values of land and resource use, social relationships and their importance for sustaining Martu country and communities. Mrs. Taylor's sister-in-law (Nyalangka Taylor) and her grandson (Curtis Taylor) have co-published with the Bird's a number of important articles on Martu country and practice.
Rebecca Bliege Bird is Professor of Anthropology at Penn State with interests that range from social signaling, the evolution of cooperation, gendered relationships in subsistence economies, fire ecology in foraging societies, complex human-natural coupled systems and resource management. She has worked in Indigenous communities since 1993 when she began her dissertation fieldwork in the Torres Strait Islands, but now spends much of her time in Australia's Western Desert.