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.
|Title of host publication||Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming|
|Subtitle of host publication||A 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|
|Editors||Jo McDonald, Ken Mulvaney|
|Place of Publication||Perth|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Jul 2023|
|Name||CRAR+M Monograph Series|