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).
Langarra, (Howard Island)