Aboriginal Australians the Oldest Living Culture on Earth
It is believed that Aboriginal Australians have the oldest living culture on Earth. The oldest forms of artistic Aboriginal expression are rock carvings, body painting and ground design. Ancient rock carvings can be found throughout Australia some dating back at least 60,000 years. Aboriginal Art has evolved through the centuries and tells the stories and the traditions of the creation of their world and how the ancestor spirits came to Earth in human form and as they moved through the land they created the animals, landscapes and flora. This is called The Dreaming or 'Jukurrpa'.
The art of contemporary Indigenous Australians is very diverse, connecting the spiritual world with the past, present and the future and is derived from the creation stories. These stories are told through ceremony, song, body painting and art. The dot paintings of the Western Desert Art movement though seen by many as a new development are a progression from the body painting and sand paintings of the early indigenous Australians, this art form is made up of lines, dots, symbols and designs, which are now incorporated into their paintings.
Country is very important to Indigenous Australians, their connection to country is everything; it is their family, their ancestors and their history through the stories. At the end of The Dreaming the ancestor sprits did not leave but remained in the sacred sites, this connects the people to the land for eternity. Art has always been an important part of Aboriginal life as it reinforces the people to their land, their relationship to it and their culture. The paintings often refer to specific sacred sites and the journeys to these sites, this is called 'Tingari' the Tingari ancestors travelled over vast areas of the Western Desert performing rituals and creating sacred sites.
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