Dr Bently James article about the Milingimbi fishing and crabbing industry draws attention to the intersection between the fishing industry and prolific art production. Sustained economic growth during this period came through the coupling of cultural practice with new technologies.
“During the 1950’s and 1960’s this industrious group of artists provided paintings for a prosperous arts industry generating a comparative wealth for a number of senior men and giving them disposable money to buy boats. These senior men wanted boats to go fishing for their families. They collaborated in an autonomous local fishing industry which employed several important old and new techniques to catch fish.”