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© Ricky Maynard/Licenced by Viscopy, 2017

Untitled [Maree McLeod and Merlene Maynard]

Date: 1985
Display dimensions: 43.5 x 59 mm
Image: 19.2 x 30.2 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print, fibre based paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Ricky Maynard
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00018072
Place Manufactured:Bass Strait

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    This picture was taken by Ricky Maynard, a leading Indigenous documentary photographer who, in 1985, recorded the annual muttonbird season in Tasmania with a series of photographs.
    SignificanceThis photograph is a unique documentation of Aboriginal culture, traditions and lifestyle in Tasmania. It is part of the body of work produced by the respected Indigenous photographer Ricky Maynard in 1985.
    HistoryMuttonbird hunting is a central part of Tasmanian Aboriginal life that has been practiced for generations. The migratory birds travel annually from the north Pacific to nest in south-east Australia, specifically around Tasmania. It is one of a small group of Australian native birds that are commercially harvested for their meat, oil and feathers. Each year the hunting season is restricted to 27 March through to 30 April in order to stop over harvesting. This industry is an important aspect of contemporary Aboriginal community and culture in Tasmania. Today hunting muttonbirds is associated with preserving Aboriginal culture and respecting Indigenous land rights.

    Maynard's family has returned to the islands of Bass Strait each year to catch and harvest muttonbirds. The event is a commercial exercise that also has great cultural meaning.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Untitled [Maree McLeod and Merlene Maynard]

    Primary title: Untitled (Maree McLeod and Merlene Maynard)

    Assigned title: Maree McLeod and Merlene Maynard

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    Photographer: Ricky Maynard

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