Ena Nakamarra Gibson

Ena Nakamarra Gibson



Ena Nakamarra Gibson lived in Nyirrpi, a remote Aboriginal Community 460 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia.

Ena painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumi, between 2005 and 2010. She passed away in January, 2011. She painted her father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and her father’s father before them for millennia. Ena generally painted Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), stories about sacred sites or about animals and plants which are commonly found in the country surrounding this community. The custodians of this Jukurrpa are women and men of the Nakamarra/Napurrula and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla subsection.

Food and bush tucker are still regularly hunted and collected today, and Ena would often go out hunting with family and friends. They would hunt for goanna, kangaroo, snake, and witchetty grubs as well as bush tucker, such as native currants, bush potato and bush banana.