Dora Napaljarri Kitson was born on the 13th of April 1950, in Willowra, a remote aboriginal community 220 km north-west of Alice Springs and 200 km from Yuendumu. She grew up in Willowra with her family and siblings, Julie Napaljarri, Carol Napaljarri, and Maisie Napaljarri Kitson (deceased). Dora attended the local school in Willowra. Later she moved to Yuendumu with her family and lived in the community until her death. She had two daughters, Julie Napurrurla and Janet Napurrurla Gordon and 5 grand-children.
Dora, with her sisters painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu since 2002. She painted her Father’s and Grandfather’s Ngatijirri Jukurrpa (Budgerigar Dreaming), stories that relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They were passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennia.
When Dora was not painting, she loved hunting with her family for witchetty grubs and honey ants. She also liked to collect bush medicines.