Linda Dunlap was born to Carlos and Carmelita Dunlap at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1955. Among her siblings were Martha Appleleaf and Carlos Sunrise Dunlap. As the granddaughter of Juanita and Romando Vigil, she is also a niece of Johnny "Tse Pe" Gonzales and Dora Tse Pe.
Linda learned to make pottery early in life. She mostly stayed with traditional San Ildefonso shapes and designs, producing both black on black ware and tan on red ware.
Linda usually signs her pottery "Linda Dunlap San Ildefonso Pueblo".