Murujuga Rock Art Classification and Taxonomy

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In many parts of Australia, including here at Murujuga, Aboriginal tradition holds that rock art is a permanent marker left by ancestor beings in the Dreaming, as an acknowledgement of their presence and actions (e.g. Tonkinson 1978), and as a sign of the cultural laws that must be followed. For Murujuga and the wider Pilbara, the ancestor beings are known as the Marga (Palmer 1977b). The Dreaming beings and ancestors must be acknowledged and the images respected. Custodians have a responsibility to ensure cultural safety and the wellbeing of visitors, including researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMurujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming
Subtitle of host publicationA long and short history of this cultural landscape with reference to rock art, stone features, excavations and historical sites recorded across the Dampier Archipelago between 2014 and 2018
EditorsJo , Ken Mulvaney
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherUWA Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-76080-252-3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2023

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