Group from the Cooktown Districts ca 1899

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When: 01 January 1900

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Creator: Henry James Edgar Staines

Location: Cooktown, Queensland.

Description: The language Guugu Yimithirr (also known as Koko Yindjir, Gugu Yimidhirr, Guguyimidjir) of this region call this district Gangaar. It divides into thirty-two clan (or extended family) groups.

"North Queensland Blacks in War paint" was written on this photograph by the photographer, but a corroboree could also be the reason for this.

The group are wearing body paint, some cicatrices [scars] can be seen and a Gunyah [hut] is in the background. Most men are holding spears.

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