Rock Art Contact Period

Stock Photography By David C Hancock

When Indigenous Australians first came into contact with Europeans their art detailed remarkable observations - people with white skin, ships, guns and horses all made initial big impressions. Then, as both groups intermingled and got to know each other, Aboriginal people drew images more as social reportage for others who would not, or could not, venture out of remote locations. Much of this "Contact Art" is being rediscovered in Arnhem Land today.

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1. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal rock art site in western Arnhem Land depicts early white explorer Ludwig Leichhardt atop a horse which has chest and knee protection, just as Leichhardt's party had when they crossed from the Darling Downs to Victoria Settlement on the northern coast. The horse has its tail raised and is urinating.

2. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal and indigenous country and economy - Lindsay art site - Gavin Namarnyilk in this gallery devoted to Lindsay's expedition which passed by this place - confirmed by the make of the rifles recorded on the wall.

3. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal and indigenous country and economy - Lindsay art site - Gavin Namarnyilk in this gallery devoted to Lindsay's expedition which passed by this place - confirmed by the make of the rifles recorded on the wall.

4. Rock Art Contact Period. Lindsay art site - this gallery devoted to Lindsay's expedition which passed by this place - confirmed by the make of the rifles recorded on the wall.

5. Rock Art Contact Period. Rock art gallery depicting aspects of the Lindsay expedition - there are 31 rifles painted on the wall. Because Lindsay used a particular rifle the site is credited to be about his group

6. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal rock art site in western Arnhem Land depicts early white explorer Ludwig Leichhardt atop a horse which has chest and knee protection, just as Leichhardt's party had when they crossed from the Darling Downs to Victoria Settlement on the northern coast. The horse has its tail raised and is pissing. Catherine Hunter checks the

7. Rock Art Contact Period. Route of explorer and surveyor David Lindsay Aboriginal and indigenous country and economy. Rock art gallery depicting the Lindsay party which passed by - confirmed by the type of rifle they carried

8. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal rock art site in western Arnhem Land depicts early white explorer Ludwig Leichhardt atop a horse which has chest and knee protection, just as Leichhardt's party had when they crossed from the Darling Downs to Victoria Settlement on the northern coast.

9. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

10. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

11. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

12. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Lindsay art site

13. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

14. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Lindsay art site - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek examines paintings

15. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

16. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Kunamidjarda gallery with art, including horses and guns from Contact Period

17. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Keith Nadjamerrek examines a 5-metre drawing of a buffalo at Djabidjbakalloi

18. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - art gallery at Bodbang Worrkworkk - whitefellas on horseback

19. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - gun gallery and rainbow serpent

20. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - stock yard gallery - manamnam

21. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - Lindsay art site - many images of rifles and people using them, along with other implements such as water bottles and fishing nets - Warddeken ranger and traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

22. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - art gallery at Bodbang Worrkworkk - woman with fly screen

23. Rock Art Contact Period. Significant rock art sites from the contact period (between Europens and Aboriginal people) in western Arnhem Land in the Warddeken IPA - stone country Arnhem Land plateau - gun gallery and rainbow serpent

24. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - stock yard gallery - manamnam

25. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from the air in the wet season - area known as Bulurr Berdno (farmer and chook rock art) -

26. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - wet season - buffalo art site area near Kabulwarnamyo - traditional owner Keith Nadjamerrek

27. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - horse and balander from contact period

28. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from the air in the wet season - area known as Bulurr Berdno (farmer and chook rock art) - painting of a goat

29. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Samuel Namundja, custodian of the Kardbam rock art complex - horse and balander from contact period

30. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

31. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

32. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

33. Rock Art Contact Period. Ben and Carrie Williamson, descendants of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, examine Aboriginal rock art from the "contact period" in the Mt. Borradaile area, near where their great, great, great uncle travelled northwards to Cobourg Pennisula on the North Australian Coast. Sailing ship

34. Rock Art Contact Period. Rock art in Wardaman country in the Victoria River district - footprints and early sailing ship.

35. Rock Art Contact Period. Wardaman elder and traditional owner, Bill Harney, at a rock art site in the Victoria River district. Devil dog and sheep (from 1800s & 1900s).

36. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

37. Rock Art Contact Period. Major rock art site at Mt Borradaile area in western Arnhem Land that has been occupied for 50,000 years. The outline of a ship painted over older rock art is from the "Contact" period, over the last 200 years with European exploration of the area.

38. Rock Art Contact Period. Aboriginal rock art painting of a Mcassan prau - from the "contact" period.

39. Rock Art Contact Period. Wardaman rock art site in the Victoria River district - sheep from early 1900s.

40. Rock Art Contact Period. Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - contact art includes ships - traditional owner John Reid - contact art showing ships and Europeans

 

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