Evelyn was born with bush yam (pencil yam) as her ‘totem’. The bush yam (atnwelarr) has been an abundant source of food and water for the Anmatyerre people for countless years. The pencil yam is a slender twining plant with yellow pea flowers and edible tubers. As her totem, it’s Evelyn’s responsibility to pay homage to it through song and dance in ceremony, and now in art. Evelyn is a shy, quiet woman who rarely gives away more than is necessary about the context of her paintings.