The Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Northern Territory, Australia.
“These paintings were done by Mimis. They are simple paintings. They are not new. Painted long time ago. They have been painted in red ochre and animals’s blood.”
-Jacob Nayinggul, Manilagarr clan, Aboriginal traditional owner.
The rock art of Ubirr tells two different stories. For archaeologists, the story is one of changing artistic styles. These reflect changes in the environment and Aboriginal society over many thousands of years. For Aboriginal land owners, the paintings tell the story of their country and their culture.
Look for a variety of small human figures. Archaeologists estimate these paintings to be 5,000 years old and describe them as Mountford Figures or Northern Running Figures.
Similar paintings can be found near the Rainbow Serpent. This style of art only occurs in a small region of Arnhem Land and northern Kakadu.
-Kakadu National Park.
Photo taken by Neerav Bhatt.