Sitemap and Symbols

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In aboriginal culture symbols are used as an alternative method of writing down stories of cultural importance, as well as passing on knowledge about survival and land management. The tradition of drawing in the sand as a teaching method demonstrates the powerful use of symbols as a conveyor of meaning, even across vastly different language groups. Story-telling and symbols provided the starting point for modern Aboriginal art.

Definitions

  • 1  innedi tree (small red seeds)
  • 2  witchety grub (large, white, wood-eating larvae)
  • 3  two men (each symbol represents 1 man)
  • 4  foot prints
  • 5  rainbow, cloud or sand hill
  • 6  women cooking
  • 7  women sitting with coolamon and digging stick
  • 8  boomerang
  • 9  bush tomato, wild plum
  • 10  honey ants
  • 11  women
  • 12  stone axe
  • 14  emu, mother, earth
  • 15  dreaming trails
  • 16  coolamon (Indigenous Australian carrying vessel)
  • 17  wild apples
  • 18  feeding kangaroo tracks
  • 19  child
  • 20  coolamon with carrying handle
  • 21  camp site, stone well, rock hole, breast, fire, hole or fruit
  • 22  water, rainbow, snake, lightning, cliff, honey store
  • 23  man
  • 24  men sitting with boomerangs and spear
  • 25  spinifex
  • 26  spear thrower
  • 27  dingo tracks
  • 28  woman and man or two persons back to back
  • 29  killer boomerang
  • 30  woomera
  • 31  spirit, ancestor
  • 32  tribes
  • 33  yam
  • 34  lizard tracks
  • 35  two men sitting by a water hole
  • 36  water hole
  • 37  returning boomerang
  • 38  four bladed boomerang used to keep ducks and birds down over water to run them into nets set across water
  • 39  community
  • 40  dreaming track with emus, earth, mother, energy, rising
  • 41  bush onion
  • 42  person sitting
  • 43  possum tracks
  • 44  underground water running
  • 44  water hole and dry creek bed connecting to next water hole
  • 45  ducks flying around water hole
  • 46  music ( clap ) sticks
  • 47  goanna tracks (goannas are snake bite immune)
  • 48  star
  • 49  bush banana
  • 50  sand goanna
  • 51  traveling sign with circles as resting place
  • 52  rain
  • 53  moving kangaroo tracks
  • 54  four women sitting with digging sticks
  • 55  clouds, boomerangs, windbreaks
  • 56  sun, father, destiny

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