Lot 30 

Macassan Traders

Nancy McDinny

120 x 87 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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This piece has a reserve. 
This piece comes professionally stretched.
About the Artist

Nancy was born on Fetrel Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, between Manangoora Station and Vanderlin Island. Her Aboriginal name is Yukuwal and her skin name is Nangalama. Nancy’s social history and landscape paintings capture the rich traditional life that she, her parents and grandparents lived, including hunting, harvesting bushtucker and travelling across country. She also uses her paintings as a platform to garner broader interest and understanding about Indigenous experiences of colonisation in the Gulf region, from historic atrocities of frontier violence, dispossession and killings, to ongoing impacts in the form of mining and its irreversible impacts on the natural environment.  

About the Work

This painting shows Yanyuwa Island country including North Island and Vanderlin Island. Macassan traders used to travel here and to collect the trepan which the old people used to trade with them. They would cook and eat them.  

©  Environmental Defenders Office NT. 

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