Raised on mission in in the 1950s, Ms Marika was initially tutored in traditional bark painting by her artist father , who encouraged her and her sisters to paint the ancestral creation stories of their clan, an activity typically reserved only for men.

In addition to her forging her own artistic path, Ms Marika has assisted other artists and become a powerful advocate for the protection of Indigenous art and culture.

As a traditional landowner at Yirrkala, she is both inspired and determined to ensure her Yolngu language and homeland in Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw) – one of the most significant sacred sites in north-east Arnhem Land region – is protected and recognised.

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