Nora Nungabar was born near Lipuru (Well 37 on the Canning Stock Route), and remembers her mother looking after her in a hollow in the side of a sand hill. She grew up in the country that became Wells 33 - 38 along the Canning Stock Route. From an early age she and her family had encounters with the white men who drove cattle along the route. As a young woman, together with her close friend Nora Wompi, Nungabar followed the drovers north to Balgo Mission, where she settled and raised a family.
Nungabar eventually relocated to her homelands at Kunawarritji, though she continued to travel regularly between Kunawarritji, Balgo and Mulan. Through her artistic career, painting with both Warlayirti and Martumili Artists, Nungabar earned critical acclaim for her remarkably expressive, evocative style. Many younger artists describe having learned to paint by watching her example. Nungabar was a custodian of a great deal of cultural knowledge about the Kunawarritji area, much of which is referred to in her extensive body of work.
Born c. 1919 – Deceased c. 2016
Photos taken by Tobias Titz