Suspended Animations: Mobilities in Rock Art Research

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    During an eighteen-month visit to Arnhem Land in 1922/23 overland adventurer Francis Birtles made a photograph of two Australian Aboriginal men with a dugout canoe and an Oldsmobile motorcar (Figure 4.1). Aside from the caption ‘Going Alligator Hunting’ written in pencil on the back, very little is known about the photo in the National Library of Australia collection ( pic-vn3302182). There is no indication of the identity of the individuals present within the image, nor do we know anything about the conditions under which the photograph was taken. The image would seem to suggest that the Aboriginal men were in the process of loading a canoe onto a car, when the younger man in the centre paused momentarily to face the camera.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPast Mobilities
    Editors Jim Leary
    Place of PublicationUniversity of Reading, UK
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Company
    ISBN (Print)9781409464457
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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