BILLY MISSI | 'Kodal Au Buai (Crocodile Clan)' | B/W lithograph

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Billy Missi, 1970- 2012, was a Maluilgal man from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait. Billy is known as one of the leading printmakers of this region, having exhibited widely and achieved both national and international acclaim. He comes from a respected family of art practitioners and choreographers, from the tribes of Wagedagam, Geomu and Panai in Malu Lilgal (Western Torres Strait).

The Kodal au Buai is the major totem of Mabuiag Island in the Western Torres Strait. The crocodile clan occupied the north west of the island called Wagedagam. Their wind is Kuki the north westerly. They are also known to be the best and most skillful hunters as well as composers and dance choreographers. 

BILLY MISSI | 'Kodal Au Buai (Crocodile Clan)' | 2009 | Lithograph on stone | Image size: 58 x 43 cm