Michael Jagamara was born some time around 1946-49 at Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs) west of Yuendemu, inCentral Australia. He is a Warlpiri and Luritja speaker.
As a young boy, his grandfather taught him sand and body paintings and painting on shields. His country lies at the intersection of several major Dreaming paths and his paintings depict these many sacred sites. He is the custodian of many Dreaming stories and believes it is his responsibility to preserve, in paint and print, the stories that can assist the teaching of others about his tradition and culture.
Michael grew up in the bush and remembers hiding in fear at his first sight of white men at Mt Doreen station. He lived at Haasts Bluff until his parents took him to the mission school at Yuendemu for a European
education. He left school at thirteen, after initiation, and worked at buffalo shooting, driving trucks, droving cattle and in the army, before returning to Yuendemu and then settling at Papunya in 1976.
Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert, A Biographical Dictionary’, Vivien Johnson, Craftsman House 1994 p.165