Brian Codding and Nyalangka Taylor
Nyalangka Taylor is a Manyjilyjarra Martu woman and senior custodian (with her brothers Muuki and Waka Taylor) of the Kulyakarta estates in the far kayli (north) of Martu country. She is a renowned hunter, ecologist, translator and artist at Martumili Artists. As cultural mentor under the leadership of Martu elder Kumpaya Girgaba, she has provided guidance and support for a generation of Martu and scholars. She has co-authored a number of well recognized scientific articles with Dr. Codding and the Birds.
Brian Codding is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the ecology of foraging economies and the ways in which populations interact dynamically with their natural and social environments. Since 2007 he has worked closely with Doug and Rebecca Bird, Nyalangka Taylor and many other Martu on issues of customary subsistence and environmental variability. He has published widely on the nature of Aboriginal foraging strategies and adaptive systems in Australia, and also maintains long-term archaeological and ethnographic projects in California and North America's Great Basin.