Biography

Maureen is a Ngaanyatjarra woman. She was born in Warakurna, WA. Maureen’s father’s country is Kulkurda near Tjukurla in WA. Her mother’s is Kiwirrkurra, in the Gibson Desert, also in WA. Maureens’ mother passed away when she was very young and her father’s second wife raised her. Along with being an emerging artist, Maureen has worked closely with NPY Women’s Council in various capacities and is the current Chairperson of Tjungu Palya.

Maureen’s husband was the cousin of Jimmy Baker so Maureen has close ties to Kanpi Community. Her husband was instrumental in the Land Rights movement and the establishment of Kanpi Community. He won an Order of Australia medal for service to the community. Maureen was the local Store Manager for many years, also working at the local school as a teacher’s aid. Her husband passed away but she remains in Kanpi with her children.