Former staff member Ian Crawford was the Western Australian Museum’s first Curator of Anthropology & Archaeology, appointed in 1961. Between 1961 and 1993 he made 30 fieldtrips to the Kimberley, working with Aboriginal communities focusing on research into art and mythology, contact with Indonesian and Malay fishermen, maintenance of knowledge of traditional resource use and mission history. His photographic collection includes around 30,000 images.
This extensive image collection reflects Crawford’s work with Kimberley community members, particularly Kalumburu.
Topics include art, middens, fishtraps, bush tucker, bush medicine, traditional life, music, and dance.