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Yannima Tommy Watson (Aboriginal c.1935)

Tommy Watson was born c.1935 in the Great Western Deserts of Australia. His education went beyond that of the day to day practical skills needed for survival. By his father's teachings he became a modern day vessel for the rich social, spiritual and tribal knowledge of his ancestors. Today he fulfils the duty to his tribe by travelling across the Pitjantjatjara lands, preceded by his reputation as an Elder and lawman. His art is a symbolic representation of the sacred Dreamtime stories told to him by family elders; stories of ancient spirits and moments in his people's history, set against the landscapes of his country and the laws which underpin it.