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              Charlene McDermott
Through Aboriginal
Artwork we have learnt
stories of our past,
journeys and day to day
living of our ancestors.
We have learnt more of
the creator ancestors
who made the trees,
rocks, waterholes, rivers,
mountains and stars, as
well as the animals and
• We are told of the good
  and bad behaviours that
  are demonstrated in
  Dreaming stories as
  ancestors hunt, marry,
  care for children and
  defend themselves from
  their enemies.
• Like European art,
  Aboriginal art
  represents and
  symbolises the world
  and the beliefs of
  people. Traditional
  Aboriginal art
  represents the
  Dreaming but is often
  also a vital part of
The concept of art in traditional
  Aboriginal society is very different to
  the concept of art in European
  society. In traditional Aboriginal
  societies, activities like dancing,
  singing, body decorations, sand
  drawings, making implements or
  weaving baskets were not
  considered to be separate activities
  called art and design. All of these
  activities were a part of the
  Dreaming and a part of normal daily
• There was no concept of a
  special type of person,
  artists, because, in a
  sense, everyone was an
  artist. This is changing as
  communities adapt to
  aspects of western culture
  although the number of
  'artists' in any Aboriginal
  group would generally be
  far greater than in non-
  Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal people traditionally used the
materials available to them to
symbolise the Dreaming and their
world. As a result, art forms varied in
different areas of Australia.
• In the central desert, ground drawing was a
  very important style of art and throughout
  Australia rock art as well as body painting and
  decoration were common although varying in
  styles, method, materials and meaning. There
  is and was a wide range of traditional
  Aboriginal art forms.
• Communities today throughout
  Australia still produce traditional
  art, which has traditional
  content and meaning. However,
  some methods of producing the
  art may be contemporary.

  Such as the paint or the canvas
  used in the work, or even the
  change in style of the painting.
• For thousands of
  years Aboriginal Art
  has played a major
  part in teaching more
  about our identity. It
  is important to keep
  this wonderful part of
  our culture alive for
  many more to come!

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