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date: 17 October 2019

Kite, Jim or Kyte; pseudonym of Erlikilyikalocked

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Australian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born c. 1865; died c. 1930.

Sculptor. Animals.

Erlikilyika was an Aboriginal from the southern Arrernte language group in central Australia. In 1901 he was employed as a guide and interpreter on Baldwin Spencer and F.J. Gillen's anthropological expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria. His narrative drawings and sculptures in wood and kaolinite caught the attention of Gillen who asked him to fill a book of sketches with depictions of camp life for his sons. In ...

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