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Australian Aboriginal Art in the Top End – Australian Aboriginal Map

The Northern Territory of Australia contains an abundance of Aboriginal art. Most of this art speculates the connection of culture and nature. Each art form has hidden mysteries that only the Aboriginal people can understand. We can make imaginations and try to figure out what the art is depicting but you will never know the full story and the truth behind every painting as this is sacred to the Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal art was actually made to teach, record events, tell stories about rituals and explain practices and beliefs. Australian aboriginals have been successfully passing this knowledge and wisdom to generation after generation. The balance of man and the environment is mostly depicted on their art forms.

The Australian Aboriginal Art at the Arnhem Land – Australian Aboriginal Map

Arnhem Land is part of the list of lands in Australia that contains the most aboriginal reserve. Cultural art centres here such as Buku Larrngay Mulka at Yirrkala, Maningrida Art and Injalak Arts are very well known because of the wonderful and rich aboriginal arts they showcase. Possibly the best part about these aboriginal cultural art centres is the privilege to meet aboriginal artists who create all the wonderful artworks. Inside these art centres, you can also see the cultural lifestyle of the Australian aboriginals.

The Story of the Western Aboriginals – Australian Aboriginal Map

Kintore is actually a hub for the current Pintupi Australian aboriginal artists. Walungurru, a.k.a. Kintore, is located 530 kilometers on the west side of Alice Springs. This distant Aboriginal village was set up through the Pintupi tribe during the 1981 period shortly after these individuals became unsatisfied with their conditions in Papunya. The tribe wished to go back to their old nation.  Kiwirrkura is located in the Gibson Desert. It is the most distant tribe in Western Australia. Kiwirrkura is located 850 kilometers on the west side of Alice Springs.

The life story of the Pintupi artistry is the Tingari cycle, the history of each and every journey of the Pintupi tribe roots. The Tingari is related with hidden and holy art forms. The aboriginal artworks usually have lots of pigments, and are created usually with clay and charcoal. Yellow, black, red and white are the usual colors in the Western Australian Aboriginal artists.

The Art of the Western Aboriginals – Australian Aboriginal Map

The Australian aboriginals follow a strict usage, there are stories that only few people can paint because authorization is needed.

Pintupi Australian aboriginals did not make contemporary versions of their traditional aboriginal art until 10 years ago. Usually, women of the Pintupi tribe make abstract renditions of Kungka Kutjarra Dreaming. Kungka Kutjarra Dreaming is a story of the ancient women of the Pintupi Australian aboriginals who traveled throughout the country. Women from this tribe also made artworks that depict the rituals done by the tribe. The charm of the Kintore Australian aboriginal art and the Kiwirrkurra Australian aboriginal art shows a raw and modern look but it still reflects traditional customs.

Aboriginal artists are the tribal artists of the mythical Dreamtime. Dreamtime is the time of creation. It is believed to be the time when spirits walked the Earth. Dreams are usually depicted in their artworks. Aboriginal artists commonly made artworks that depict dreams, spirits and stories. The artists are required to employ imagery because they are stewards of their tribe’s knowledge. The artists make sure they preserve and enhance the tribes’ wisdom. Artworks of the western aboriginals inspired modern day artists.

History of the Western Aboriginal Art: Aboriginal Art Movement – Papunya Tula

During the 60’s period, there was a policy of assimilation. A colony at Papunya located 250 kilometres west of Alice Springs  was founded by the Australian Authorities. It became a hub for the desert communities. 10 years later, a thousand people that consist of Pintupi Australian aboriginals along with the Warlpiri, Luritja, Anmatyerre and Arrente aboriginals of the west became desert people. These desert aboriginals often did body painting. Body painting is one of the art forms of the western aboriginals. They also painted their weapons and made Aboriginal dot art on sand. They made sand paintings that depict their rituals. In the year 1971, Geoffrey Bardon encouraged the aboriginals to make contemporary aboriginal artworks. This was the beginning of the Papunya Tula Art movement. There was an evolution in the way Australian aboriginals made artworks. Australian aboriginals of the west changed their technique, the aboriginal art style and imagery.


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