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Series AA346/12
Crayon drawings relating to the Mt Liebig expedition, Northern Territory, 1932.
Board for Anthropological Research Expedition H
Date Range1932, some items are undated
Quantity100 cm, 20 crayon drawings in 1 archive box
ProvenanceBoard for Anthropological Research
Description

This series comprises drawings by Aboriginal people that were commissioned by members of the Board for Anthropological Research party whilst on expedition. The process is best described by Charles Pearcy Mountford in 'Aboriginal Crayon Drawings', Records of the South Australian Museum, Vol. 6, pp 1-28: 'Sheets of brown wrapping paper, approximately 50 cm. by 30 cm., were distributed, together with [red, yellow, black and white] crayons..it was especially desired that nothing external should influence the choice either of the subject, the colours chosen or the method of drawing'. The Aboriginal person 'was asked only to make marks (walka) on his paper'. (p5)

Mountford adds that intitially 'simple drawings of everyday things of aboriginal life were made, such as kangaroos, emus, trees, camps and waterholes' but after a week, confidence was gained and 'drawings relating to the travels and exploits of the aborginal's mythical ancestors began to be produced by the older man. From that time onward, no difficulty was experienced in obtaining designs, in fact, it was unfortunate that, as only a limited amount of time was available for interpretation of the detail, and the recording of the data, the distribution of sheets had to be curtailed.' (p6)

Each artist was identified by their data card identifier: see AA 346/4/14

Drawing collected and annotated by: Norman Tindale

For further information see:

  • 'Expedition H. Journal of an Expedition to Mt. Liebig, Central Australia to do Anthropological Research by Norman B. Tindale. Adelaide 1932'. (AA 338/1/8)
  • Sutton, Peter, 1998, 'Aboriginal Maps and Plans', The History of Cartography, volume Two, Book Three, Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Artic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, David Woodward and G Malcolm Lewis (editors), The University of Chicago Press, pp 387-416.

ArrangedNumerical. Imposed by archives.

Inventory Listing

AA 346/12/1

'Drawings by various (male) children 10-16 yrs age, Mt Liebig. Pintubi, Yumu and Ngalia Tribes. Mt Liebig, CA. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow line drawing.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'wanna snake', 'snake hole', 'emu', 'emu track', 'kalua = bird' and 'wannatjita = purukulu'.

Previously numbered 59.

Tindale Tribes: Ngalia; Pintubi; Jumu.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/1
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/1
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/2

'Decorations worn by men on Tuesday playabout corobori. Sketched by NB Tindale, Mt Liebig, CA. August 1932'

 

Black, red and white line drawing by NB Tindale illustrating body decorations.

Previously numbered 45.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/2
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/2
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/3

'No.2 native (male) c18 yrs. Mt Liebig C Aust. Ngalia Tribe native of Pikili. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of snakes, a moon, a man, a woman, and animal tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as (Ngorujudogu) Pamatjukurpa.

Previously numbered 46.

Tindale Tribes: Ngalia.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/3
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/3
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/4

'No.3 native (male) c60 years. Mt Liebig, C Aust. Ngalia Tribe of Konajarai W of Pikili. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red drawing of kangaroo and wallaby tracks.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'all markings in caves are from 'tumma' ie altjera times'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Yalbayurungga Palyungu Nalkiti.

Previously numbered 47.

Tindale Tribes: Ngalia.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/4
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/4
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/5

'No.9 native (male) c28 years. Mt Liebig, CA. Ngalia Tribe from Walimbiri, NE of Yunmatji. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red line drawing of dog, snake, frill-necked lizard and sand wallaby tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Mallitjukurupa.

Previously numbered 63.

Tindale Tribes: Ngalia.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/5
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/5
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/6

'No.10 native (male) c 55 yrs. Mt liebig, CA. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black and red drawing of emu, snake, porcupine, wild cat, carpet snake and dog tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Ngalpilala.

Previously numbered 49.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/6
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/6
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/7

'No.11 native (male) c 50 yrs. Mt Liebig, CA. Pintubi tribe of Ilbilla. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of concentric circles and a snake.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'details of some marks not obtained at time owing to absence of translatorí.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Mintun Mintun.

Previously numbered 50.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/7
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/7
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/8

'No.48 (female) c23 yrs. Mt Liebig, C Aust. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of snake tracks.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Laruya.

Previously numbered 51.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/8
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/8
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/9

'No.50 native (male) c40 years. Mt Liebig C.Aust. Pintubi tribe, from Tanyinki. August 1932. NB Tindale'

  This item is restricted.
 

Yellow block drawing of lizard tracks, fish eyes, and a drawing relating to a ceremony.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as (Yarukulu) Kanatjukuda.

Previously numbered 52.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/9
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/9
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/10

'No.51 native (male) c60 yr[s]. Mt Liebig, CA. Yumu Tribe of Winbaruka. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red and white copies of decorations on a manís body.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'owl totem'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Ngoritjukurupa.

Previously numbered 53.

Tindale Tribes: Kukatja (NT); Jumu.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/10
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/10
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/11

'No.64 native (male) c45 yrs. Mt Liebig CA. Pintubi Tribe of Njunmara (?) S of Walungaru. August 1932. NB Tindale'

  This item is restricted.
 

Black, red and yellow drawing.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Murundu.

Previously numbered 54.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/11
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/11
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/12

'No.65 native (male) c35yrs. Mt Liebig, CA. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of lines, concentric circles, snakes, a man, wallaby and a emu.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Pirringanna.

Previously numbered 67.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/12
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/12
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/13

'No.67 native (male) c30 yrs. Mt Liebig CA. August 1932. NB Tindale. Pintubi tribe of Walunguru'

 

Black and yellow drawing of a concentric circle, snake and eagle.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Walawaru tjukurupa.

Previously numbered 56.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/13
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/13
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/14

'No.69 native (male) c38 yrs. Mt Liebig CA. Pintubi tribe from Walunguru. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of concentric circles.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'wallaby', 'emu', 'snake' and 'Kandawara walka koroware'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Walutjukurupa.

Previously numbered 57.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/14
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/14
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/15

'No.73 native (female) c22 yrs age. Mt Liebig, C.Aust. Pintubi tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red and yellow drawing.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'ngura = camp' and 'pilkati = snake'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Nguliali.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

Previously numbered 58.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/15
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/15
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/16

'No.75 native (female), c12 years. Mt Liebig C.Aust. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

  This item is restricted.
 

Red line drawing.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Tjolkeiwa.

Previously numbered 53.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/16
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/16
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/17

'No.78 native (female) c26 yrs. Mt Liebig, CA. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red and yellow drawing.

Labels by NB Tindale include: 'ipi breast' and 'leira snake'.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Yankombi.

Previously numbered 60.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/17
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/17
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/18

'No.80 native (female) c25 years. Mt Liebig, CA. Pintubi Tribe. August 1932. ND Tindale'

 

Black, red and yellow drawing of lines.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Manandeia.

Previously numbered 61.

Tindale Tribes: Pintubi.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/18
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/18
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/19

'No.85 native (female) c35 yrs. Mt Liebig, CA. Yumu tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red drawing of campsites with fires and people.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) identify the artist as Kambitjienu.

Previously numbered 62.

Tindale Tribes: Jumu.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/19
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/19
Series AA346/12

AA 346/12/20

'No.86 native (female) c30 yrs. Mt Liebig, CA. Yumu Tribe. August 1932. NB Tindale'

 

Red and yellow drawing of campsites with fires and people.

Sociological data cards (AA 346/4/14) does not record a name for the artist.

Previously numbered 78.

  Creator Board for Anthropological Research
Control AA 346/12/20
Date Range August 1932
Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 crayon drawing, 36x53.5 cm
Formats Crayon drawings
Inventory Identifier AA 346/12/20
Series AA346/12