Aboriginal Art

Janet Long Nakamarra

Janet Long Nakamarra was born in Anninie in the Warnapari homelands in the Northern Territory, North West of Alice Springs. She was taught the stories associated with her country and the body paint designs used in women’s ceremonies by her Aunts, May and Molly Napurula.

Her Mother is artist Nora Long Nakamarra, her sister, also an artist is Doreen Dickson Nakamarra and her half brother is well known artist Malcolm Jagamarra. The latter has worked with Janet collaboratively on a number of projects and was instrumental in Janet’s transition to painting.

After leaving school in 1975 Janet long Nakamarra began assisting the elders in the community in producing books in Warlpiri language whilst also studying to be a teacher. These books “Warlpiri Women’s Voices” were translated into both English and Warlpiri. Through her hard work and determination she gained the status of linguist with her people and began to teach as a literacy worker at the Willowra school.

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