Post 101 – Kakadu Rock Art – Ubirr

Ian Collard
November 2, 2018

Ubirr Rock Art.

 

 

Some places are forbidden for aboriginal people. This painting is a warning to people of the consequences of disturbing the stones at a site  on the East Alligator river. You will contract Miyamiya - an illness that results in swollen bones as shown in this picture.

 

 

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

The Ubirr site is a series of art sites in close proximity to each other. Some like this are just a few paintings under a over hang.

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

The main gallery is a huge wall full of large pieces of art such as these x-ray drawings of fish.

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

As well as showing an x-ray artwork of a kangaroo it also shows a "white-fella".  This man's hands disappear into the pockets of his trousers, his feet are encased in boots.

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

Another white man in this shot - except he is painted in yellow ochre. As well as hands in pockets he is smoking a pipe.

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

The previous two pieces of art can't be very old as they show white men. While not clear in the Centre of this shot is a figure that appears to be a Thylacine ( a dog figure with stripes at the rear) Speculation is that several thousand years ago there were Thylacines in the top end and that this painting is thousands of years old.

 

Ubirr Rock Art

 

 

This art work is a prompt for a story about not stealing. Short story is this man (Mabuyu) had caught some fish and while he was carrying them back to camp they were stolen. When the thieves retired to a cave after eating the stolen fish he sealed the cave up and they all died. Moral don't steal.

 

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