Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Aboriginal Rock Art Of Injalak Hill

As the rock art is revealed to us, we scrabble, scramble, and crawl into various positions (as Bob does below) to take photos.

A painting of a Tasmanian Tiger reveals how far Aboriginals traveled, Tasmania being a long way from the Top End.

This crocodile provides a good example of how paintings were painted on top of older paintings.

Our guide speaks quietly, a good teaching technique that ensures everybody is paying attention.

He shows us the paint pots hollowed out in the rocks.

He also points out a painting that appeared at one point on the old Australian one-dollar notes before one-dollar coins were introduced.

Our guide is an Elder who is committed to sharing his ancestors' culture.

We continue to scramble around the rocks to get the best view possible, and sometimes just to move up or down.

Here Tommo is talking about the way the ancient painters mixed sap from the tree with the other paint materials to make paintings last longer.

Finally it's time to eat the sandwich makings our Lords guides packed up the hill, and enjoy the view before walking back down.

Descending the hill in the afternoon was the only part of the day that we noticed downright heat, but we were soon back in our Unimogs and on the way to our Jabiru Holiday Inn, after this very special day.

Rob had driven our Thrifty rental van most of the way. Bill's suggestion that we move back into it for most of the one-hour drive back to the hotel was welcomed enthusiastically. The good air conditioning and comfy seats made it feel like a limousine after the Unimogs.

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