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(A description from Mountford's journal)

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Creator : Unknown
Source : PRG 1218/35/1748
Date of creation : 1948
Additional Creator : Mountford, Charles P., photographer
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 25 x 35 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Colour photograph of a painting created for C. P. Mountford in Oenpelli during the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, artist unknown. The painting depicts two skates.

The paintings of western Arnhem Land are less intricate than those of the North-east, and are more likely to feature bold designs on a monochromatic background.

Unnamed by Mountford, the artist of this piece is described simply as 'a Liverpool River youth'.

Bark paintings collected at Oenpelli featured totemic designs, spirit people (good spirits - mimis, bad spirits - mamandis) and dreaming stories, as well as images of plants, birds and animals, intended to increase their adundance.

Mountford and the Expedition collected over 500 bark paintings from Arnhem Land, many of were later distributed by the Commonwealth Government to state museums and galleries.

Journal entry is from PRG 1218/17/22.
Coverage year : 1948
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948). Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1956-1964

Berndt, Ronald M. and Catherine H. Man, land & myth in North Australia : the Gunwinggu people, Sydney : Ure Smith, 1970

Berndt, Ronald M. and Phillips, E. S. (eds). The Australian Aboriginal heritage : an introduction through the arts, 2nd ed, Sydney : Australian Society for Education through the Arts in association with Ure Smith, 1978

Cole, Keith. A history of Oenpelli, Darwin : Nungalinya Publications, 1975

Hamby, Louise (ed). Twined together = kunmadj njalehnjaleken, Gunbalanya, N.T. : Injalak Arts and Crafts, 2005

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972

National Geographic Magazine, vol. 96, no. 6, 1949, pp. 745-782, 'Exploring Stone-age Arnhem Land' by Charles P. Mountford.

Simpson, Colin, Adam in ochre : inside Aboriginal Australia, 5th ed, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962

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