Thomas Dhabural

Emerging Artist

Thomas grew up in Milingimbi with his mother and father as well as siblings and extended family. Whilst growing up Thomas watched his Mari (mothers uncle) painting with ochre on naku (bark) as well as on the chests of young boys during ceremony.

Thomas’s homeland of Langarra (Howard Island) is east of Milingimbi close to Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). Thomas was taught the manikay ga rom (songlings and law) of Langarra by his fathers brother Johny Djuwararra. Thomas learnt the designs of his grandmothers Warra Warra clan from his mari, Susan Balbunga.

Today Thomas lives between MIlingimbi and Maningrida. He often has a key role in bungul (ceremony); dancing, singing or playing yidaki (didgeridoo).


Language group
Burarra, Djambarrpuyngu


Langarra, (Howard Island)

Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.


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