Aboriginal Art in West Australia's Murchison region

@JudyEv (223548)
Bunbury, Australia
October 17, 2020 3:33am CST
While in West Australia’s Murchison region, we headed out to the old mining town of Big Bell then on to Walga Rock. Walga Rock is one of the largest granite monoliths in Australia and is the site of an extensive gallery of aboriginal art which is found under an overhanging ledge. One of the paintings is of a sailing ship. This drawing has caused a great deal of speculation among the experts and no real conclusions have been reached. Walga Rock is some 325 kms (202 miles) from the coast. The ship is superimposed over some earlier drawings with some unidentified script underneath. The other drawings, which stretch for perhaps a hundred metres along the rock wall, show common aboriginal symbols, which are meaningful to the Wajarri people of the area. The bottom right photo shows bands of different coloured rock.
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@DocAndersen (28849)
• United States
17 Oct
artists have always existed, it is in their art that the world is a better place!
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
That's very true. We need food for our bellies but also for our souls.
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@DocAndersen (28849)
• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv that is true - but, sadly many can't take care of the first.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
@DocAndersen Yes, of course, food and shelter have to come first.
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• China
17 Oct
The site of gallery of aboriginal art is worth visiting.Don't know which period of history those works can be traced back to.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Experts estimate that the gallery is 10,000 years old although, of course, the painting of the ship would be much more recent.
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• China
18 Oct
@JudyEv Wow! 10,000 years old !They are prehistoric drawings.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
@changjiangzhibin89 Yes, they are indeed.
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@rebelann (76548)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
Wow, how kool. Lucky for Australia that kids haven't defaced that ancient art like they've done here.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Don't worry. Anything that is near civilisation gets defaced and even stuff miles from anywhere sometimes.
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@rebelann (76548)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Oct
Thats true but it's still a shame @JudyEv
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@DianneN (198365)
• United States
17 Oct
I enjoy sites where primitive art is featured.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
It's certainly interesting to see such sites and to ponder on what they painted.
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@DianneN (198365)
• United States
18 Oct
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@LadyDuck (306227)
• Switzerland
17 Oct
Those rocks are of an incredible mix of colours, beautiful. I am always fascinated by primitive art.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I loved some of the rock formations that we saw up there. The colours were spectacular in some areas.
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@LadyDuck (306227)
• Switzerland
18 Oct
@JudyEv I have seen similar colours in Arizona, in the area around the city of Sedona.
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@Corbin5 (206261)
• United States
17 Oct
That type of art has us asking so many questions as to the meanings. Amazing photos.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
The ship has intrigued scientists for many years. I'm glad you like the photos.
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@rsa101 (28860)
• Philippines
17 Oct
Nice pictures you took there. l recall having same pictures of that hand but not in Australia but somewhere in Europe.
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@topffer (41239)
• France
17 Oct
Yes, about 400 negative hands were found in caves in France and Spain. The ones in this photo are in the cave del castillo in Spain.
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@rsa101 (28860)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@topffer Oh yeah l saw that in the books a long time ago. Amazing that the idea was also done several thousand kilometers away and is separated bu sea but idea was similar.
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• United States
17 Oct
@topffer most fascinatin', so glad ya shared this. i reckon now i've gotta add this to my e'er growin' list 'f thingies to investigate, lol.
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@xFiacre (8184)
• Ireland
17 Oct
@judyev There are waterfalls in Uganda called after Mr Murchison. I wonder if there’s any colonial connection?
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
It is with great satisfaction that I can say that both the Murchison Falls and Murchison River/region have a connection to the Scottish geologist, Sir Roderick Impey Murchison. (aren't you glad your middle name isn't Impey? - presuming it isn't) Samuel and Florence Baker were the first Europeans to see the falls and named them after Roderick Murchison, who was the President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Murchison River was named by the explorer George Grey and honours the same gentleman, who was his patron. Murchison's advocacy had been essential in securing official support for Grey's Western Australian expeditions. Now we've both learnt something.
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@xFiacre (8184)
• Ireland
18 Oct
@JudyEv If Impey (what an awful time he must have had at school!!!) were my middle name my initials would be FIB. When my wife was named her initials were SIN so her father slipped in a Louise for good measure and she became SILN. Thanks for the Murchison research - he got about.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
@xFiacre Well, I'm not sure Murchison did. He didn't get to Australia or Uganda as far as I could make out. Just happened to be an influential man.
@FourWalls (28375)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Oct
Do the Aboriginal peoples have interpretive centers discussing the artwork?
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Yes and there are more and more of these interpretive centres being established. The aborigines are now being included in discussions, management, etc much more than they once were - which is a good thing.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
18 Oct
@JudyEv Yes including the Aborigines is very vital, especially for inclusiveness for their future generations.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
19 Oct
@JudyEv Yes the historical wrongs should not be repeated.
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• India
17 Oct
Australia would not have been a dry land in the past
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
That's true. Much of the area around Karijini was under water for many, many years.
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• India
18 Oct
@JudyEv Yes. It is still part of Indian Australian tectonic plate
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
18 Oct
@piyushbhatia1 Yes many places were separated over Millions of years. Initially it was one continent : Panagea.
@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
17 Oct
These all makes one feel as if he or she has been transported to another age altogether. The ancient folks used to do so much on the caves and on the rocks. These things are a big heritage to all of us.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
There are so many wonderful things to see in the world. We can still learn a lot from those who went before us.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
18 Oct
@JudyEv We have so many Ancient and Medieval structures in India as well. So much to explore. And then there are also places in Egypt, Inca civilization in South America and other places as well.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
19 Oct
@JudyEv Still the drawings you have shown above hold a lot of history.
@just4him (223349)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Oct
It would be fascinating to see those drawings first-hand. Thank you for the pictures.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
You're welcome. They are such a long way from anywhere but the place was obviously important once.
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@just4him (223349)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, I'm sure it was.
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@moffittjc (91018)
• Gainesville, Florida
17 Oct
Thanks for sharing Judy. I enjoy reading your posts about the different things you come across in your area. Helps me learn more about Australia. Are there still aboriginal people living in the area?
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Yes, there are a lot of aborigines in the area.Between Tom Price and Carnarvon we passed several aboriginal communities. They were off the road. I'm glad you're enjoying the posts.
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@Shiva49 (17137)
• Singapore
18 Oct
Interesting. I am curious about some carvings and paintings that show aliens. I think there should be some reality behind such but we are not able to understand them more as detail are sketchy without a write-up that we can decipher
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
That's true. There are several theories about the boat but nothing has been proven - and I doubt it ever will.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
18 Oct
@JudyEv May be an ancient advanced civilization, may be some aliens- well it is difficult to interpret and decipher.
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@ptrikha_2 (26447)
• India
19 Oct
@JudyEv Yes there could be various possibilities.
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• United States
17 Oct
oh my! what grand beauty 'n so many stories told 'n those. i 'magine such's most breathtakin' to see'n person. quite stunnin' jest from photos. i gotta ask though, did'ja feel a lil diff'rent bein' there? cultural sites usually 've an aura 'bout 'em. the sailin' ship would be a tad perplexin', but then 'gain, didn't the peoples used to travel great distances? with modern technology, i'm thinkin' they ought'a be able to 'ndercover the earlier drawings. if'n so more queries to be'd, eh? what messages'd been left o'er a great 'xpanse 'f time. the script sounds very intriguin'. thanks so much fer sharin' yer journeys with the gorgeous pics. safe travels 'n big hugs ~
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Thanks for the kind words. There are interesting theories about the ship in particular and you're quite right in that the aborigines were nomadic and did travel long distances from time to time.'Aura' is actually a good description for some of these places. I only notice it though if there are very few people around.
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• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv aw, yer welcome. i bet there'd be many, 've they dated such? i hear they've fancy gadgets that can help determine such. 'f course, that could open e'en more queries :) 'tis theories'n the aura felt when visitin' such. some say y'ave got'ta 've a 'pure heart', others say if'n there's negative folks 're too much "clutter", 'tis greatly impeded. nomadic fer survival, followin' critters fer food 'n waters.
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@LindaOHio (48949)
• United States
17 Oct
Those are really cool pictures. Do you know how old the drawings are?
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
The experts estimate them as 10,000 years old but not the ship of course. The jury is still out on how the ship came to be painted.
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@LindaOHio (48949)
• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv Interesting. Thanks!
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@Torunn (7089)
• Norway
17 Oct
The bands of different coloured rock are impressive! No wonder they chose that place to draw.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
The geological features in that area are quite something.
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@Torunn (7089)
• Norway
19 Oct
@JudyEv Different metals in the ground I suppose? It would also make it easier to find the right stuff to make your own colours.
@TheHorse (114987)
• Walnut Creek, California
18 Oct
I enjoy looking at cave paintings here in the US as well. I wish I knew more about what the symbols meant. I've seen some similarities across tribes and regions.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
When we visited Uluru, we were given a sheet with the meanings of a few of the more common symbols but I think it's back in the house. The hand paintings seem to be reasonably universal.
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@Susan2015 (32375)
• United States
17 Oct
Those are so cool looking. Great pictures.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Thanks. I'm glad you like them.
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@happylife1 (13322)
• Karachi, Pakistan
17 Oct
a nice and good drawing
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I'm glad you like them.