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Aboriginal Rock Art & People

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No matter how remote indigenous rock art is from settlements traditional owners have a responsibility to look after sites and make sure they don't get damaged by feral animals, wildfire and the elements. Often indigenous rangers take on this role, along with recording the sites.

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Photo Captions for Aboriginal Rock Art & People

Image #1. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Victor Garlngarr and wife Barbara Gurwalwal at a rock art site at Victor's home country at Ngalkombarli, in Arnhem Land.

Image #2. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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 #3. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Leon Rostron examines an ancient rock art gallery in western Arnhem Land

Image #4. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau, in northern Australia. The area adjoins Kakadu NP. Kundjorldjorlom (kdjdj) art site - Emmanuel

Image #5. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Victor Garlngarr and wife Barbara Gurwalwal at a rock art site at Victor's home country at Ngalkombarli, in Arnhem Land.

Image #6. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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.

Image #7. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Traditional owner of the west Arnhem Land region Jenny Hunter with nephew Jesse Hunter and daughter Catherine, and husband Andy Ralph.

Image #8. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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.

Image #9. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Lindsay art site in western Arnhem Land - Gavin Namarnyilk in this gallery devoted to Lindsay's expedition which passed by this place - confirmed by the make of the rifles recorded on the wall.

Image #10. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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 - Lindsay art site - many images of rifles and people using them, along with other implements such as water bottles and fishing nets - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek with stone implements found at the site

Image #11. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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 - Keith Nadjamerrek examines a 5-metre drawing of a buffalo at Djabidjbakalloi

Image #12. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - Liverpool River near Havelock Falls - Keith Nadjamerrek, a traditional owner and a Warddeken ranger, examines rock art with his family - son Ray and grandson Richard (baby) and Ray's wife Eliza Nawiriddj

Image #13. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Escarpment and sandstone country near the headwaters of the East Aligator River in Arnhem Land. Rock art at one of the KCC camp sites - Catherine and Jesse Hunter with swags

Image #14. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Oenpelli rock art sites at Karnbalunya and Mamukala in Kakadu NP. escarpment near Karnbarlunyah (Oenpelli) - rock art - Aboriginal guide Joey Nganjmirra shows tourists

Image #15. Aboriginal Rock Art & People 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 - Lindsay art site - many images of rifles and people using them, along with other implements such as water bottles and fishing nets - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek with stone implements found at the site

Image #16. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - Liverpool River near Havelock Falls - Keith Nadjamerrek, a traditional owner and a Warddeken ranger, examines rock art with his family - son Ray and grandson Richard (baby) and Ray's wife Eliza Nawiriddj

Image #17. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

Image #18. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - nearby buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

Image #19. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - nearby buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek - kangaroo site

Image #20. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Warddeken Rangers Gavin Phillips (left) and Keith Nadjamerreck record rock art

Image #21. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

Image #22. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - nearby buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

Image #23. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - nearby buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

Image #24. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Peter Cooke (lying down) and Warddeken Rangers Gavin Phillips (left) and Keith Nadjamerreck record rock art

Image #25. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - horse and balander from contact period

Image #26. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - spirit figures

Image #27. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art - leg of buffalo painted over older figures - Warddeken ranger Gavin Phillips photographs the painting

Image #28. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - recording rock art - L to R: Jamie Yirbarbuk, Peter Cooke, Randy Yirbarbuk.

Image #29. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Traditional owners and Warddeken Rangers Randy (left, younger man), Jamie (young man, curly hair) and Dean Yibarbuk search clear vegetation from an occupation site full of rock art

Image #30. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - horse and balander from contact period

Image #31. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art - leg of buffalo painted over older figures - Warddeken ranger Gavin Phillips photographs the painting

Image #32. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk examines various animal figures

Image #33. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Wardaman elder and traditional owner, Bill Harney, at the Muning rock art site in the Victoria River district. Emu, porcupine (ant eater), man on a horse & spirit figures

Image #34. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

Image #35. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid

Image #36. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Aboriginal people lived in the Mt Borradaile area of western Arnhem Land for some 50,000 years and painted the rock - painting of a saltwater crocodile which could be more than 20,000 years old.

Image #37. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Aboriginal people lived in the Mt Borradaile area of western Arnhem Land for some 50,000 years and painted the rock - large ancient spirit figures.

Image #38. Aboriginal Rock Art & People El Questro guide Buddy Tyson examines ancient Aboriginal rock art known as Wandjina or spirit figures. WA

Image #39. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Warddeken ranger Gavin Phillips indicates a painting of an animal that could be Tasmanian devil or feral cat

Image #40. Aboriginal Rock Art & People Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid

 

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