27. Rock Art, Aboriginal Culture, and Identity: The Wanjina Paintings of Northwest Australia

  1. Jo McDonald2 and
  2. Peter Veth3
  1. Valda Blundell and
  2. Donny Woolagoodja

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch27

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Blundell, V. and Woolagoodja, D. (2012) Rock Art, Aboriginal Culture, and Identity: The Wanjina Paintings of Northwest Australia, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch27

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. Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

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:

  • rock art, Aboriginal culture, Wanjina paintings of Northwest Australia;
  • the Kimberley region of Australia, the Wanjina rock art in the world;
  • Wanjina rock art, documented traditions of a contemporary Indigenous society;
  • rock art, cosmology, the Wanjina–Wunggurr cultural landscape;
  • Wanjina, sacred sentient beings, interacting with the Wanjina-Wunggurr;
  • Lalai, visual, emotional intertwined with beliefs about Wunggurr;
  • rock art, Wanjina “paintings” and linguistic identities;
  • ritual re-painting of the fading Wanjina, the seniors' respect for spiritual beings;
  • the displaced Wanjina-Wunggurr, with Kimberley traditions intact;
  • Wanjina-Wunggurr rock art, the way to transmissible contemporary art

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Rock Art, Cosmology, and the Wanjina-Wunggurr Cultural Landscape

  • Gwion Gwion

  • Rock Art and Aboriginal Identities

  • Wunggurr Conception Sites

  • Wurnan

  • The Ritual Re-Painting of Rock Art

  • Rock Art as the Basis for Contemporary Works of Art

  • Rock Art, Aboriginal Heritage, and Native Title

  • Conclusions

  • Notes

  • References