Kai Kai, a Western Arrernte man

Herbert Basedow1920

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
Canberra, Australia

glass plate negative
National Museum of Australia

A clever man and the oldest Aboriginal male Herbert Basedow met at Henbury, Kai Kai could recall the arrival of the first non-Indigenous people to the district. Here he is wearing a cap of emu feathers and human hair-string, called a 'memba', to cover his baldness.


  • Title: Kai Kai, a Western Arrernte man
  • Creator: Herbert Basedow
  • Date: 1920
  • Location: Henbury station, Northern Territory
  • External link: A Different Time

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