DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker
Ricky MAYNARD | The Spit

Australia 1953
The Spit
Portrait of a Distant Land 2007
silver gelatin photograph
43.0 (h) x 58.0 (w) cm
Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery
© Ricky Maynard. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

When we were boys on Babel Island we were sent by our Elders to get flour for our dampers and Johnny cakes to have with our cooked birds. We would cross a stretch of water known as the Spit, walk some thirty miles down the eastern side of Flinders Island into Lady Barron port. We camped overnight and walked all the way back the next day, crossing the spit with heavy flour bags on our heads, sometimes up to our neck in the water.

Ken Mansell, 1992