|Rock art represents some of the best evidence for humanity’s artistic deep history. Rock art has been made across the world for at least 40,000 years. It includes a plethora of paintings, drawings, stencils, prints and engravings made by all peoples directly onto the earth’s harder surfaces. Australia has one of the world’s greatest rock art estates: a vast cultural resource essential to understanding why humans make art. This is an essential record of the First Australians and their journey into Australia. And it is a record of Aboriginal peoples’ cultural connections, and their resilience, persistence and ingenuity through the millennia.|
Researchers working with Aboriginal people in Australia’s north-west are forging new understandings of this amazing national treasure. And new management regimes which include Indigenous Protected Areas and co-managed national parks are providing the platforms for sustainable new economies for Aboriginal people working with rock art on-country. With the rise of adventure and educational tourism, rock art provides a vital interface between deep time and contemporary Aboriginal values. This talk focuses on some of the partnerships between Aboriginal communities and researchers at the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management, UWA, and highlights some of the magnificent rock art of Australia’s north-west which is enabling these new understandings and economic opportunities.