Indigenous Aboriginal Art and Symbols in Australia

It’s six months in DownUnder and I continue to be fascinated with the Aboriginal history of this country. In simple terms the Aboriginals are known to be the earliest settlers in Australia much before the 18th century settlement of the British. For more information you can read the Wiki article

Aboriginal symbols and their meaning

Aboriginal symbols and their meaning

The Aboriginal Art

The Aboriginal Art is an essential part of Aussie Souvenirs that you will notice in most leading souvenir stores. The Aboriginal community used symbols to illustrate stories and record information about places, names and other things. The Aboriginals travelled long distances and never really had a language of their own and therefore they used symbols  to pass the information over generations.

Later these symbols were given a permanent form using acrylic on canvas. Aboriginal art is now a key part of the art and cultural history of Australia. Dots were often used by the aboriginals to create symbols and the art form is now referred as dot paintings.

Some examples:

A series of concentric circles represent meeting place, campsite or waterhole.

A series of parallel lines represent a journey path, sand hills, a creek or a riverbed.

A snake is represented by a curvy line.

Aboriginal Symbols of Good Luck

The traditional dot style art form of Aboriginals have been adopted in various ways whether its coasters, fridge magnets, apparel, pottery and more. These symbols can be used as a decor piece in your house like these boxed pottery tri-plates on Aussie-Products.com.au below
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They even make for great gift options for friends and they will always have a story to tell others about this gift :-) Get some great deals on shop.australiangeographic.com.au and you will save a lot more!

Teaspoon set with indigenous aboriginal design. Shop it on http://shop.australiangeographic.com.au

Teaspoon set with indigenous aboriginal design. Shop it on http://shop.australiangeographic.com.au

 

Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal flag is recognised as one of the official flags of Australia and often flown alongside the national flag of Australia. The flag was designed by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas in 1971.

Aboriginal Flag

Aboriginal Flag

 

  • Black: Represents the Aboriginal people of Australia.
  • Red: Represents the red earth, the red ochre and a spiritual relation to the land.
  • Yellow: Represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.

Famous Aboriginal Australian Connections

Remember the Oscar nominated movie Australia featuring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman? Famous indigenous dancer and artist David Gulpilil was in it.

David Gulpilil is a famous indigenous dancer and artist in Australia who played a pivotal role in the movie 'Australia'

David Gulpilil is a famous indigenous dancer and artist in Australia who played a pivotal role in the movie ‘Australia’

 

Adam Goodes (AFL player)

Adam Goodes (AFL player)

Adam Goodes (AFL player)

Cathy Freeman (Athlete and Olympian medallist)

Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman

One Response to “Indigenous Aboriginal Art and Symbols in Australia”
  1. Hina March 31, 2015

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