At the age of 9, Barbara was taken from her mother and fostered out to various families throughout Australia. She lost contact with her family for some time but never forgot. In the late 1960s, she returned to Utopia with her six children, and re-learnt the languages and her culture. She re-established contact with all her family, including the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye and her Grandfather Quartpot Akemarr. Barbara's dreamings include Bush Berry, My Mothers Country, Grass Seed, Bush Yam, Bush Plum, and Bush Banana.