Aboriginal Paintings at Munurru, Kimberley, Western Australia
Two rock clusters beside the track to the Mitchell Plateau in the northern Kimberley region of Western Australia contain a wealth of Aboriginal paintings, providing many visitors with their first glimpse of Kimberley Aboriginal rock art. Located on the western side of the King Edward River, the area - known as Munurru - lies within Wunambal country. Paintings at Munurru span thousands of years, with depictions of plants from the earliest Archaic Period, people dressed up for ceremony (Tasselled Figures, Bent Knee Figures and Straight Part Figures), thylacines (Tasmanian tigers, extinct on mainland Australia for 3,000 years) from the Painted Hand Period, and three panels of brightly coloured Wandjina, the god-like ancestors who bring each wet season's rains. Munurru contains the most visited painting sites in the Kimberley, and this book should assist with an understanding and appreciation of this early Australian art.
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