Area: Yumara, North of Docker River- WA
Language: Ngaatjatjarra & Pintupi / Luritja
Esther Giles Nampitjinpa was born around 1948 and grew up ‘in the bush’ with her family. After her younger brother died, her family decided to move to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya.
Esther has returned to live in her country with family members. She is known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver as well as her prominence as a painter.
Esther is the sister of Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa. Esther paints her mother’s and father’s dreaming, the sites of Yumara, Punkilpirri and Tjalili. These sites are important for ceremonies and as sources for water and food.