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Australian Aboriginal Symbols Poster and Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 4 pages | Years: F - 7

A set of 10 cards and an associated poster highlighting Australian Aboriginal art symbols.

These symbols are used in Papunya Central Desert art and include:

  • person
  • camp site/waterhole
  • 2 people at a camp site
  • rainbow
  • star
  • fire
  • animal tracks
  • rain
  • waterholes & rivers
  • boomerang.


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  • Caitlin Noonan

    Hi Tom, Do you think that information could be shared in the resource description or on the resource itself? It will help teachers be culturally responsive and not to generalise art of Aboriginal people. Cheers,

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Caitlin, Thank you for your suggestion. I will update the resource description to include that these symbols are used in Papunya Central Desert art. This information is included on the first page of this resource. Please get in touch if we can help you with anything else!

  • Sarah Dunstone

    I would love to know which Aboriginal group used these symbols?

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sarah, These symbols are used in Papunya Central Desert art. This community is located roughly 240 km northwest of Alice Springs. If there is anything else we can help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

  • Stephanie Dino

    Massive thanks!

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      You're most welcome, Stephanie. Have a wonderful day!

  • Mark Bell

    Great website!

  • jaime humphrey

    Hi was wondering where these symbols are from. Which state? or specific Mob?

  • Angela McDougall

    Exactly what I was looking for :)