Aboriginal Art. by test. Art, Land and the Dreaming. Art is a central part of Aboriginal life and is intimately connected to land, law and religious belief. Connection to a person's home land is deeply felt.
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Art is a central part of Aboriginal life and is intimately connected to land, law and religious belief. Connection to a person's home land is deeply felt.
Aboriginal art takes many forms. Traditionally it was made for purely cultural reasons and was only able to be created or viewed by people initiated to the proper level of knowledge or understanding. More recently, there has emerged work that has been made consciously to be seen by the non-initiated or for commercial purposes. However, irrespective of whether the art is for private ceremonial purposes or is for the public, it remains inspired by the traditional marks and symbols from the Dreaming.
As well as its essential spiritual and symbolic character, Aboriginal art increasingly has a social and political dimension. GalarrwuyYunupingu, leader of the Gumatj people, has clearly expressed the importance of art to contemporary Aboriginal culture:
We are painting, as we have always done, to demonstrate our continuing link with our country and the rights and responsibilities we have to it. We paint to show the rest of the world that we own this country and the country owns us. Our painting is a political act.