Phillip West


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Phillip West is a Ngaanyatjarra, Western Desert man from the area between the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts in the Western Australia. Warburton, the community in which he is based, was established as a mission settlement in the 1930s and Mr West has played a major role in its development since the 1950s. A highly experienced craftsman, he grew up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of his fathers and grandfathers. Knowledge involved in this ‘men’s business’ is inherited through Tjukurpa (traditional Law).



Warburton : WA