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© Brian Robinson/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

Hunting dhangal (hunting dugong)

Date: 2011
Dimensions:
Overall: 805 x 260 mm
Image: 580 x 530 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Brian Robinson
Classification:Art
Object Name: Linocut
Object No: 00025979
Place Manufactured:Cairns
Related Place:Torres Strait, Queensland,

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    Description
    This linocut by Brian Robinson features the seasonal hunting of dugong, one of the traditional methods used and the use of magic to successful complete the hunt.
    SignificanceBrian Robinson's linocut offers an opportunity to better understand the dugong - its impact on and position in indigenous communities and its current endangered position in the world's oceans.
    HistoryArtist's statement: Dhangal (dugong) are harpooned with a wap as they feed on seagrass in shallow water. They produce a rich meat and fine oil, and their ivory tusks may be used for carving and the ribs for carving and weapons. Dhangal hunting was, and is, an exacting and dangerous task undertaken with care and diligence, including the use of magic.
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