25. Rock Art, Identity, and Indigeneity

  1. Jo McDonald2 and
  2. Peter Veth3
  1. Robert Layton

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch25

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Layton, R. (2012) Rock Art, Identity, and Indigeneity, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch25

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. University of Durham, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892



  • rock art, identity, and indigeneity;
  • rock art traditions practiced, and revival in Indigenous movements;
  • oral traditions, the past through a “lens” capable of representation;
  • Indigenous peoples, devising measurements of time, task specific based on seasons;
  • oral cultures, knowledge control among the Indigenous;
  • The Mirriuwung, paintings of ancestral/legendary beings, and everyday incidents;
  • Wardaman rock art, between buwarraja and man-made bulawula;
  • ‘Nlaka’ pamux art of the Stein River;
  • rock art among the Zuni, kachina masks depicting figures specific to the Zuni;
  • rock art, providing evidence in land claims


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Interpreting Oral Traditions

  • Shared Understandings

  • Rock Art and Land Rights

  • Conclusions

  • References