• Artist: Janangoo Butcher Cherel (Dec)
  • Art Centre: Mangkaja Arts
  • Region: Kimberley

Artwork Story

Butcher Cherel Janangoo was born around 1920 at Jalnganjoowa. This is near the original homestead on one of the longest established cattle stations in the Kimberley, Fossil Downs. He now lives in town at Fitzroy Crossing.

His mother was Kija and his father, Gooniyandi. He speaks both languages as well as some Walmajarri and Bunuba. Both of his parents worked on the station in and around the homestead and he recalls being taken out bush for walkabout and at law time. With the two of them working on the station, it follows that Butcher also spent most of his working life on Fossil Downs. As a stockman he worked cattle, droving from Fitzroy Crossing to Derby and Broome.

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