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Survival, Social Cohesion and Rock Art: The Painted Hands of Western Arnhem Land, Australia

May, Sally K.; Taylor, Luke; Frieman, Catherine; Tacon, Paul; Wesley, Daryl; Jones, Tristen; Goldhahn, Joakim; Mungulda, Charlie

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This paper explores the complex story of a particular style of rock art in western Arnhem Land known as "Painted Hands". Using new evidence from recent fieldwork, we present a definition for their style, distribution and place in the stylistic chronologies of this region. We argue these motifs played an important cultural role in Aboriginal society during the period of European settlement in the region. We explore the complex messages embedded in the design features of the Painted Hands,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMay, Sally K.
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Luke
dc.contributor.authorFrieman, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorTacon, Paul
dc.contributor.authorWesley, Daryl
dc.contributor.authorJones, Tristen
dc.contributor.authorGoldhahn, Joakim
dc.contributor.authorMungulda, Charlie
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-03T04:06:03Z
dc.date.available2020-09-03T04:06:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0959-7743
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/209285
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the complex story of a particular style of rock art in western Arnhem Land known as "Painted Hands". Using new evidence from recent fieldwork, we present a definition for their style, distribution and place in the stylistic chronologies of this region. We argue these motifs played an important cultural role in Aboriginal society during the period of European settlement in the region. We explore the complex messages embedded in the design features of the Painted Hands, arguing that they are more than simply hand stencils or markers of individuality. We suggest that these figures represent stylized and intensely encoded motifs with the power to communicate a high level of personal, clan and ceremonial identity at a time when all aspects of Aboriginal cultural identity were under threat.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rights© 2020 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceCambridge Archaeological Journal
dc.titleSurvival, Social Cohesion and Rock Art: The Painted Hands of Western Arnhem Land, Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor210101 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB11627
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CAJ
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMay, Sally K., Griffith University
local.contributor.affiliationTaylor, Luke, Independent Researcher
local.contributor.affiliationFrieman, Catherine, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationTacon, Paul, Griffith University
local.contributor.affiliationWesley, Daryl, Flinders University
local.contributor.affiliationJones, Tristen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGoldhahn, Joakim, Linnaeus University
local.contributor.affiliationMungulda, Charlie, Senior Traditional Owner
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL160100123
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE170100464
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE170101447
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage20
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0959774320000104
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2020-05-17T08:20:52Z
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dc.provenance© 2020 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
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