Mary Thomas was born and grew up on Alice Downs Station in the East Kimberley. The mother of nine children and now living in Warmun Community, Thomas is an important Gija law and culture keeper who has worked tirelessly for the women and children of her community. She speaks a number of dialects and is a dedicated linguist, interpreting for meetings, court procedures and publications. Thomas’ artworks are neat and precise landscape works, complete with in-depth Ngarranggarni (Gija Dreaming) stories. A traditional healer, Thomas holds much knowledge about the therapeutic qualities of many plants found in Gija country and is an expert in their preparation for use in traditional therapies. Thomas paints the Ngarranggarni (Dreamings) of her country on Alice Downs Station. Through her paintings, she passes on these stories as well as relating events from the more recent past since white contact.
This artist appears courtesy of Warmun Art Centre.