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Symbols of Power: The Firearm Paintings of Madjedbebe (Malakunanja II)

May, Sally K.; Wesley, Daryl; Goldhahn, Joakim; Litster, Mirani; Manera, Brad


Depictions of firearms in Australian Aboriginal rock art provide a unique opportunity to archaeologically explore the roles that this type of material culture played in times of culture contact. From the earliest interactions with explorers to the buffalo shooting enterprises of the twentieth century—firearms played complex and shifting roles in western Arnhem Land Aboriginal societies. The site of Madjedbebe (sometimes referred to as Malakunanja II in earlier academic literature) in Jabiluka...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Historical Archaeology
DOI: 10.1007/s10761-017-0393-6
Access Rights: Open Access


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