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The Buffaroo: A 'first sight' depiction of introduced buffalo in the rock art of Western Arnhem Land, Aaustralia

May, Sally K.; Wright, Duncan; Domingo Sanz, Ines; Goldhahn, Joakim; Maralngurra, Gabriel

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Injalak Hill in western Arnhem Land is known for its extraordinary wealth of rock art imagery spanning thousands of years. This corpus of rock art speaks to the changing nature of life and culture in this region — and to the skills of the many artists who added their marks over time. This includes artists working in the ‘contact’ period who continued to create rock art in the face of increasing incursions into their lands, disease, and frontier violence. Hidden within a secluded rock shelter on...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMay, Sally K.
dc.contributor.authorWright, Duncan
dc.contributor.authorDomingo Sanz, Ines
dc.contributor.authorGoldhahn, Joakim
dc.contributor.authorMaralngurra, Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-15T04:38:41Z
dc.identifier.issn0813-0426
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/222877
dc.description.abstractInjalak Hill in western Arnhem Land is known for its extraordinary wealth of rock art imagery spanning thousands of years. This corpus of rock art speaks to the changing nature of life and culture in this region — and to the skills of the many artists who added their marks over time. This includes artists working in the ‘contact’ period who continued to create rock art in the face of increasing incursions into their lands, disease, and frontier violence. Hidden within a secluded rock shelter on Injalak Hill, one particular rock painting tells a special story of culture contact. Nicknamed by Aboriginal Traditional Owners as the ‘Buffaroo’, it most probably represents an amalgamation of a traditional subject — the kunj or kangaroo — with a newly introduced animal – the nganaparru or water buffalo. In this paper, we argue that the Buffaroo represents a ‘first-sight’ painting – one that was produced before the artists became truly familiar with water buffaloes. This life-size painting most likely embodies a period of experimentation for Aboriginal artists before they had become fully acquainted with depicting this newly introduced animal in this region. Furthermore, this painting also hints at a process whereby nganaparru became integrated into artistic and cultural systems in northern Australia.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherArchaeological Publications
dc.rights© 2020 Aura
dc.sourceRock Art Research
dc.subjectRock art
dc.subjectArnhem Land
dc.subjectEthnography
dc.subjectContact
dc.subjectBuffalo
dc.titleThe Buffaroo: A 'first sight' depiction of introduced buffalo in the rock art of Western Arnhem Land, Aaustralia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor210101 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3335066xPUB6
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.ifrao.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMay, Sally K., Griffith University
local.contributor.affiliationWright, Duncan, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDomingo Sanz, Ines, University of Barcelona
local.contributor.affiliationGoldhahn, Joakim, Linnaeus University
local.contributor.affiliationMaralngurra, Gabriel, Injalak Arts
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage204
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage216
local.identifier.absseo950302 - Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
dc.date.updated2021-08-01T08:27:56Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85097029382
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