by Adrian Newstead
Have you ever wondered how it is that Aboriginal art became an international phenomenon with pieces selling for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, while indigenous art from other countries in the Pacific, South America and elsewhere is still sold in souvenir shops, or as trinkets by the roadside? Why for instance, does a beautiful design painted on hand made cloth by Amazonian Indians in Brazil sell for one hundred Australian dollars, while an almost identical design by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa in acrylic paint on canvas sells for ten to twenty thousand . . .
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