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Australian Aboriginal Symbols Poster and Cards

PDF | 4 pages|Grades: 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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    Sarah Dunstone

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

    Sarah Dunstone · Jan 11th, 2020

    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.

    Tom (Teach Starter) · Jan 13th, 2020

    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.


    Caitlin Noonan · Apr 22nd, 2020

    Stephanie Dino

    Massive thanks!

    Stephanie Dino · Mar 15th, 2019

    Stephanie (Teach Starter)

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

    Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Mar 19th, 2019

    Mark Bell

    Great website!

    Mark Bell · Jul 25th, 2017

    jaime humphrey

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

    jaime humphrey · Mar 1st, 2017

    Angela McDougall

    Exactly what I was looking for 🙂

    Angela McDougall · Aug 2nd, 2016

    Kel R

    Thank you!!!!!

    Kel R · Aug 7th, 2015

    You’re welcome Kelly! Happy to help 🙂

    · Aug 14th, 2015

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