Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal means the original inhabitants of a place, and so we could say that the aboriginal people of parts of Norway were Vikings or the aboriginal people of parts of North Western America were Inuit. Many people use the term for the aboriginal people of Australia, whose culture is probably the oldest continuous culture in the history of mankind. Australian aboriginal art is characterised by its use of earth colours and use of particular symbols. Typically, it represents journeys, often portrayed by a plan view - from above. Dots of paint are used extensively and give Australian aboriginal art its characteristic look. Many designs have become very popular and work can be found completely out of its original context, for sale in modern galleries.

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