Murujuga Thatharruga: A Stylistic Analysis of Turtle Motifs

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This chapter discusses the ubiquitous turtle motifs of the Dampier Archipelago and shows how Murujuga artists have depicted known turtle species in this region. Thatharruga is the coastal Pilbara name for turtle (Von Brandenstein 1970). Species identification was approached first using a zoological perspective. Western science distinguishes different turtle species primarily through carapace pattern. On Murujuga, however, part of the extreme stylistic heterogeneity in this motif type results from the variability of carapace decoration used.
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 McDonald, Ken Mulvaney
Place of PublicationPerth
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-76080-251-6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameCRAR+M Monograph Series
PublisherUWA Publishing

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