of the Australian Aboriginal desert peoples
are often called sand paintings.
This reference stems from
their genesis in ground paintings that are
created by clans
as they move from place to place in the desert. The
gathers around a central site, which is cleared so that
can be created using seeds, flowers, sand,
stones, feathers, and other
natural substances. The
clan elders sing their way through the painting
imparting tribal knowledge to younger members of the
The various symbols are explained and interpreted
as lessons in the
clan's history and heritage, its creation
story, and the location of
sacred sites, food sources,
and water holes.
designs are painted on art board and
canvas for sale to the outside
world. While the precise
meanngs of the designs are usually unclear
they have deep cultural significance to clan members.
Details usually are not revealed to anyone outside the
clan. Even then,
only males who 'graduate' to high rank
in the clan learn the full menaing
of the designs.
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Christine Peterson Nangala
W688 Walpiri 36"x30"
KA29 Worimi 22"x23"
K168 Pitjantjatjara 34"
KA28 Worimi 24"x35"
KC13 - 14" x 21"
K007-13.25" x 17"
KB86-23" x 23"
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