A 'Port Scene', Identity and Rock Art of the Inland Southern Kimberley, Western Australia

Jane Balme, Susan O'Connor

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    Abstract

    In Australia, Indigenous rock art images of European material culture and animals were common responses to European contact. However, in the southern Kimberley of northwest Australia, European motifs are rare. Instead, rock art associated with the first European contact emphasises group identity more than in immediate pre-contact times. A rare depiction of European motifs in one rock art panel in the region can be interpreted as a representation of individual identity. This contrast within a single region demonstrates the diversity of responses to European arrivals in Australia and the effect on motif choice of the nature of relationships between the Indigenous and new peoples.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-83
    JournalRock Art Research
    Volume32
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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