11. Maganese Coconut Cracker
“A long time ago, Angurugu people were using manganese for the bark, with red ochre, yellow and white clay. But Umbakumba people, you know them little batteries? The thin ones from a torch? They used to use those for black. When the missionaries came, they started using the batteries because black was a long way from Umbakumba. You could get it at Marble Point but it was a long walk. But before they got batteries, they walked. I learned to use manganese from my other dad. He was a painter. But I also saw him using batteries. Sometimes it was too hard to find manganese, so he was using the battery.” Elvis Bara
- Manganese, medium, earth pigments and fixative on wood
- Dimensions: 59 x 9 x 2 cm
- Cat No. EB04-0006
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