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Is it art or knowledge? Deconstructing Australian Aboriginal creative making

Cameron, Elizabeth 2015, Is it art or knowledge? Deconstructing Australian Aboriginal creative making, Arts, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 68-74, doi: 10.3390/arts4020068.

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Title Is it art or knowledge? Deconstructing Australian Aboriginal creative making
Author(s) Cameron, Elizabeth
Journal name Arts
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 68
End page 74
Total pages 7
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2076-0752
Keyword(s) Aboriginal Art
Australia
visual knowledge
culture
traditional
symbols
Summary Australian Aboriginal symbols are visual forms of knowledge that express cultural intellect. Being classified by a Western interpretation of “art” devalues thousands of years of generational knowledge systems, where visual information has been respected, appreciated and valued. This article highlights how Aboriginal creativity has little concept of aesthetical value, but is a cultural display of meaning relating to Creational periods, often labelled as The Dreamings. With over 350 different Aboriginal Nations in Australia, this article focuses of the Dharug Nation, located around the northern Sydney area of New South Wales. The Dharug term for the Creational period is Gunyalungalung—traditional ritualized customary lores (laws). These symbols are permanently located within the environment on open rock surfaces, caves and markings on trees. Whilst some symbols are manmade, others are made by Creational ancestral beings and contain deep story lines of information in sacredness. Therefore, creative imagery engraved or painted on rock surfaces are forms of conscious narratives that emphasise deep insight.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/arts4020068
Field of Research 190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078951

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