17. Recursive and Iterative Processes in Australian Rock Art: An Anthropological Perspective

  1. Jo McDonald2 and
  2. Peter Veth3
  1. Howard Morphy

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch17

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Morphy, H. (2012) Recursive and Iterative Processes in Australian Rock Art: An Anthropological Perspective, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 3

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Information

  1. Australian National University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892

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Keywords:

  • Australian rock art, recursive and iterative, an anthropological perspective;
  • Kimberley, Wanjina style, pre-existing images and incorporation in present practice;
  • recursive element in Aboriginal Australian art, as reflected in rock art;
  • earlier anthropologists/archaeologists, lesser attention to oral tradition and rock art;
  • archaeological, sequencing and retouching evidence, insights into the cultural;
  • rock art from the Indigenous perspective, past artistic practices and identity of place;
  • holistic view of Aboriginal society, rock art, in appreciating social trajectories;
  • rock art, a continuing place in the lives of the Indigenous in Australia;
  • rock art being linked, to iterative and recursive elements of art practice;
  • recursivity, tradition in dialogical relationship with human agency

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Rock Art, Ancestors, and The Present

  • The Past in the Present: Iterative and Recursive Practice

  • Concluding Reflections

  • Note

  • References