Painting history: Indigenous observations and depictions of the 'other' in northwestern Arnhem Land, Australia

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Title Painting history: Indigenous observations and depictions of the 'other' in northwestern Arnhem Land, Australia
Author May, Sally K.; Tacon, Paul; Wesley, Daryl; Travers, Meg
Journal Name Australian Archaeology
Editor Sean Ulm & Annie Ross
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association
Abstract In this paper we focus on contact rock paintings from three sites in northwestern Arnhem Land, Australia. In doing so we highlight that such sites provide some of the only contemporary Indigenous accounts of cross-cultural encounters that took place across northern Australia through the last 500 years. Importantly, they have the potential to inform us about the ongoing relationships that existed between different parties. The lack of research on contact rock art is emphasised and the development of a large-scale project (of which this fieldwork is part) aimed at addressing this problem is outlined. Important new findings for contact rock art are presented, including evidence for 'traditional' protocols relating to rock art continuing long after first contact, evidence for particular contact period subject matter dominating in art of this region, and the oldest date yet recorded for contact art in Australia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.australianarchaeologicalassociation.com.au/node/4076
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal's website or contact the authors.
Volume 71
Issue Number December
Page from 57
Page to 65
ISSN 0312-2417
Date Accessioned 2010-12-20
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36685
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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