the dreaming

re-visioning Aboriginal Sense of Place


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Unless otherwise indicated, the quotes are from Robert Lawlor's "Voices of the First Day"

Please note there is no intention to offend by using the words "Aborigines" or "Aboriginal" or "Indigenous"

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Aboriginal Art Symbols


Australian Aborigines have been creating visual art depicting Aboriginal art symbols for thousands of years. Aboriginal art takes many forms, including exquisite fiber craft, ancient engravings, body art, sand art, rock art, wooden sculptures, bark paintings, and brilliant contemporary paintings. Aside from expressing themselves through art, Aboriginal Australians actually use art as a way of communication.

Aboriginal rock art symbols may be interpreted differently from tribe to tribe but as years passed and as the tradition has been seen in modern Aboriginal art, a lot were able to retain its meaning across regions. The Aboriginal people value the meaning-making function of art more than its aesthetics and cultural implications to the extent that every art containing similar symbols are read in varying ways depending on the context.




Talented Luritja ( Alice Springs ) Aborignal artist, Thanguwa ( pronounced Th-ng-oo-wu ) has her own Gallery on the internet, and explains about Symbols & their meaning in Aboriginal Art - click on the Link below please.


Contrary to what many people think, the wide usage of dots in Aboriginal art originated in the 1970s.  Dots are used to obscure, colors are chosen not because of their essence but because they are available and practical as they can easily be mined from ochre pits and trade, and the artists decided to eliminate the sacred elements of their paintings and abstracted the designs into dots to conceal their sacred designs which they used in ceremony.   

See   -  Creative Spirits


Another nice pictorial display of Symbols used, can be found at the Page below.

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