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Successful fisherman
Title : Successful fisherman Successful fisherman
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P., photographer
Source : PRG 1218/35/1391 Child holding reef fish, Yirrkala
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 25 x 35 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Aboriginal child holding a Scribbled Angelfish, on the beach at Yirrkala.

In his journal Charles Mountford, the photographer and ethnographer wrote,

As we sat at meals, we could look across the tumbling waters, and watch the Aboriginal children at play, shooting the breakers in their small canoes, spearing fish, or making figures in the glistening sand.

For Aboriginal children fishing is both an essential part of their life education and a pleasure, always enhanced by a successful catch and the sense of contributing. Similarly children search for cockles along the shore, contributing to the family's food resource or finding bait for fishing.

Of recent years growing numbers of books for children have been written about the Aboriginal way of life. Pat Torres (Mamajun) writes '...there are emerging Australian authors and illustrators who ... have creatively depicted indigenous and ethnic peoples in a sensitive and authentic manner....Australian publishing houses have steadily created a positive environment for the wide acceptance of stories for and about indigenous Australians that are presented honestly, authentically, positively and sensitively.' Black in focus: Foreword pp.v-vi

Coverage year : 1948
Place : Yirrkala
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

Adams, Jeanie Pigs and honey Adelaide: Omnibus, 1989

Adams, Jeanie Going for oysters Norwood, S. Aust.: Omnibus Books, 1991

Dunkle, Margaret Black in focus: a guide to Aboriginality in literature for young people Port Melbourne: D.W. Thorpe; Deakin, ACT: ALIA, c1994

Mattingley, Christobel Tucker's mob; illustrated by Jeanie Adams Norwood, S. Aust.: Omnibus Books, 1992. This has also been translated into Narrunga, Kaurna, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara

Haagen, Claudia Bush toys: Aboriginal children at play Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1994 Chapter 3: Bush tucker

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