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1 Aboriginal Artwork The artwork of the indigenous peoples of Australia. - Over 40,000 years of history.

2 Long, Long Ago… It was long before… our borders were known by the European outsider. Then was a time when borders and fences did not exist…

3 We are a people bred from the land…

4 Some of us still practice the traditional ways. These ways have been passed down orally for thousands of years.

5 Many of us have learned to exist in a modern society. This is a somewhat uneasy relationship since much of our culture is misunderstood.

6 Uluru A very sacred site to the Aborigines. Much happened here in the beginning. The Land

7 To understand our law, our culture and our relationship to the physical and spiritual world, you must begin with the land. Everything about our society is inextricably woven with, and connected to, the land. Valley of the Winds Walk, Kata Tjuta

8 Kata Tjuta - aerial view Culture is the land. We are dancing, singing, and painting for the land. We are celebrating the land.

9 Kata Tjuta - aerial view People say that country knows, Hears, smells, takes notice, takes care, is sorry or happy… Country is a living entity with a yesterday, today and tomorrow, with a consciousness, and a will toward life.

10 Red Ochre Group Figures are often elongated. They are stylized to express important ideas or events rather than depict realistically.

11 Begin with a simple line drawing of an animal, person or other object. The X-Ray View Decide what layers you wish to show: bones, muscles, organs,etc. Remember: the X-ray is meant to show the essence of the subject rather than the exact look of it.

12 Wallarwhroo and Allawhroo Kevin Waina

13 Much of the earliest artwork is to be found on the face of rock walls and in caves. Some of these images have been redrawn many times. Others have been overlapped with new drawings for many hundreds of years. Continuity is important to the Aborigines...

14 Kangaroo, Fish Superimposed Layers artists’ unknown

15 3 Mimis with weapons, Goanna, Barramundi, Longneck Turtle Luke Nganjmirra

16 Ochres to paint with

17 Visual Icons This is the closest thing the Aborigines get to a written language. Many of the icons have multiple meanings and may only be interpreted through context.

18 Love Story Clifford Possum Japaltjarri

19 Womens’ Ceremony Carol Nampitjinpa Diver Duck Dance David Malangi The art can be very abstract…or somewhat naturalistic.

20 Crabs Narratjin

21 Bushfire Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi

22 Mantarrkurra II Nancy Ross Nungurrayi

23 Magjalindy Valley Mignonette Jamine

24 Lissadell Station Maybel Wac Pitt Range

25 Kangaroo and Fire Dreaming Timmy Payungka, 1999

26 Wet Season Storms at Sturt Creek Nellie Gordon

27 Old Woman and Python Dreaming, Riley Major Tjangala Saltwater Crocodile Mick Kubarrku

28 Sturt Creek near Billiluna Nellie Gordon

29 Carved Figures from indigenous woods.

30 Lizard Clara Inkarnala

31 Crocodile Craig Koomeeta


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