Pencil and watercolour on paper
23.5 x 33.2 cm
29.5 x 41.7 cm sheet size
Verso Mary Macha Coll. stamp no.118
Provenance: Estate of Mary Macha, Manager of the Aboriginal Traditional Arts Gallery in Perth, 1970s -1980s
Literature: From the Bukarikara, The Lore of the Southwest Kimberley Through the Art of Butcher Joe Nangan, Kim Akerman, UWAP, 2020 see similar drawings
Butcher Joe Nangan OA, Keeper of the Law, artist and chronicler of the Nyikina was born at the turn of the century at Fisherman's Bend near Broome. He died in Broome in 1989. "Through his work Nangan recorded and transmitted a vast body of cultural knowledge in a manner in which he believed would be more readily digested by the wider Australian community. Nangan , like many older Aboriginal people, was accutely aware of the increasing ly rapid loss of historical and cultural information in the latter half of the twentieth century."