Jakayu Biljabu Australian, Manyjilyjarra, b. 1937
Jakayu was born a little way north of Pitu around 1937 and grew up around Pitu, Wikirri, Rarrki, Wantili and Nyinyari on the Canning Stock Route. Drovers would kill a bullock and give food to Jayaku's group. Jakayu and her sister married the same man (Jakayu's sister was the first wife.) Jakayu has two sons who were born in the bush, and one daughter born in the mission. Her father was very wary of the Europeans who increasingly travelled along the Canning Stock Route building new roads and her family waited longer than most before leaving a traditional life. Jakayu was travelling with her three children and a group of people in 1963 when they were contacted by Len Beadell, who had made the roads for the Woomera rocket range. Some people in the group Jakayu was travelling with had been to Jigalong previously, and Len told the Jigalong mission staff that they all wanted to come into the mission.
Jakayu worked as a baker at the mission and several stations before moving to Strelley station for a time. In 1982 she moved to Punmu community. jakayu has painted primarily in Punmu community, where she continued to live surrounded buy her children adn grandchildren, teaching her grand daughters about their history and country.