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Aboriginal Rock Art

Stock Photography By David C Hancock

Aboriginal people recorded many aspects of their lives - both physical and spiritual - on the walls and ceilings of rocky escarpments in northern and central Australia. Often the drawings depicted the creatures that were essential to their survival as food, while the spiritual figures explained many of the natural occurrences in the environment, such as lightning storms. Some of the drawings show animals such as the Thylacine that are now extinct.

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Image #1. Aboriginal Rock Art Keep River National Park -Nganalam art site contains important drawings and petroglyphs of the Mirriwung and Gadjerong aboriginal people.

Image #2. Aboriginal Rock Art Kakadu National Park - Aboriginal rock art depicting spirit figures - Nourlangie Rock area - indigenous culture

Image #3. Aboriginal Rock Art Kakadu National Park late in the dry season just after some rains. Ubirr rock art. Thylacine

Image #4. Aboriginal Rock Art The Top End of Australia during the wet season flying in a helicopter, from the floodplains around the Adelaide River to Arnhem Land near the East Aligator River. Aboriginal rock art site in western Arnhem Land depicts images of creator beings and early white explorer Ludwig Leichhardt atop a horse. Traditional owner of the region Jenny Hunter with nephew Jesse Hunter and daughter Catherine, and husband Andy Ralph. They run the Kakadu Culture Camp and take people walking in this remote area.

Image #5. Aboriginal Rock Art Limmen Bight NP - the rock formations of the Lost City in the east of the park. Aboriginal hand prints on the wall of rock. geology indigenous

Image #6. Aboriginal Rock Art NAILSMA Carbon Abatement Initiative scientific research and field training program, western Arnhem Land, July 2009. Nabordmarbarnyu - kangaroo

Image #7. Aboriginal Rock Art Kakadu National Park late in the dry season just after some rains. Ubirr rock art - hunter

Image #8. Aboriginal Rock Art Rock art gallery in western Arnhem Land depicting figures at a ceremony or gathering

Image #9. Aboriginal Rock Art Oenpelli rock art sites at Karnbalunya and Mamukala in Kakadu NP. escarpment near Karnbarlunyah (Oenpelli) - rock art - ancient drawing of a fish - barramundi

Image #10. Aboriginal Rock Art Kunamidjarda gallery in western Arnhem Land with dynamic figures perhaps 30,000 years old

Image #11. Aboriginal Rock Art Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - gun gallery and rainbow serpent

Image #12. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - stock yard gallery - manamnam - Namaggon - lightning man

Image #13. Aboriginal Rock Art Oenpelli rock art sites at Karnbalunya and Mamukala in Kakadu NP. escarpment near Karnbarlunyah (Oenpelli) - rock art and tourism led by Aboriginal guide Joey Nganjmirra

Image #14. Aboriginal Rock Art art gallery at Bodbang Worrkworkk, western Arnhem Land

Image #15. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - gallery with saratoga fish

Image #16. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art - area known as Bulurr Berdno (farmer and chook rock art) - very old dynamic figures (up to 30,000 years old).

Image #17. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - animal and spirit figures - emu

Image #18. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - fine, dynamic figures that could be up to 30,000 years old

Image #19. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - ancient rock art - animals and spirit figures - fish

Image #20. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - spirit figures

Image #21. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - ancient dynamic figures - circular designs in bee's wax

Image #22. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - fine, dynamic figures that could be up to 30,000 years old

Image #23. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate -

Image #24. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - Narmegon

Image #25. Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal rock art depict dancing virgins at Umorrduk in western Arnhem Land.

Image #26. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - animal figures - emu possum macropod

Image #27. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Warddeken ranger Jamie Yirbarbuk records drawings of two Tasmanian devils

Image #28. Aboriginal Rock Art A Rainbow Serpent adorns this ceremonial site in the Mt Borradaile area of western Arnhem Land. Painted up to about 8,000 years ago.

Image #29. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - ancient beeswax figures adorn a rock wall

Image #30. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - recording rock art - Tasmanian Devil or feral cat

Image #31. Aboriginal Rock Art Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - fish and woman

Image #32. Aboriginal Rock Art Main gallery at major art site, Mt Borradaille, western Arnhem Land

Image #33. Aboriginal Rock Art An extinct Thylecene is drawn on a rock face high up on the main gallery at Ubirr in Kakadu NP.

Image #34. Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal rock carvings at Ewaninga, central australia

Image #35. Aboriginal Rock Art Sun Dreaming - Rock art near Nganmariyanga or Palumpa community, NT

Image #36. Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal rock art drawing that dates back 4,000 years of a magpie goose, a favourite food in northern Australia.

Image #37. Aboriginal Rock Art Frieze of rock art at Anbangbang gallery that includes Namarrgon (Lightning Man) and other mythical figures, Nourlangie at Kakadu NP.

Image #38. Aboriginal Rock Art Rock art at Keep River NP, Northern Territory

Image #39. Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal rock art in the Victoria River district of the Northern Territory. The paintings depict spirit figures, similar to Wandjana men in the nearby Kimberley region

Image #40. Aboriginal Rock Art Rock art at Mt Borradaile region, in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Magpie goose in flight - about to land.

 

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