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Painting History: Indigenous Observations and Depictions of the 'Other' in Northwestern Arnhem Land, Australia

May, Sally; Tacon, Paul; Guse (Wesley), Daryl; Travers, Margaret


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...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Archaeology


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