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Marking resistance? Change and continuity in the recent rock art of the southern Kimberley, Australia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015


Sue O'Connor
Affiliation:
1Archaeology and Natural History, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia (Email: sue.oconnor@anu.edu.au)
Jane Balme
Affiliation:
2Archaeology M405, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia (Email: jane.balme@uwa.edu.au; jane.fyfe@uwa.edu.au)
Jane Fyfe
Affiliation:
2Archaeology M405, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia (Email: jane.balme@uwa.edu.au; jane.fyfe@uwa.edu.au)
June Oscar
Affiliation:
3PO Box 43, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia (Email: mwrcceo@bigpond.com)
Mona Oscar
Affiliation:
3PO Box 43, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia (Email: mwrcceo@bigpond.com)
June Davis
Affiliation:
4Muludja Community, PO Box 322, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia
Helen Malo
Affiliation:
4Muludja Community, PO Box 322, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia
Rosemary Nuggett
Affiliation:
5Mimbi Community, PO Box 75, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia
Dorothy Surprise
Affiliation:
5Mimbi Community, PO Box 75, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765, Australia

Abstract

Enhanced by recent survey, the authors define new kinds of rock art along the Lennard and Fitzroy rivers in Western Australia—black pigment and scratch-work images featuring anthropomorphic figures with elaborate head-dresses. These are shown to belong to the Contact period and represent the response of Indigenous artists to European land-taking by recalling and restating traditional themes from earlier times.


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Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd. 2013

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