Aboriginal Traditional Art

The Story Behind Aboriginal Traditional Art – The Making of Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal art has its origins in the Dreamtime, or “Ceremony of Creation” which is described as the world of the spirits. It is not meant to be seen but to be felt and experienced. 

Since aboriginal culture was first discovered by Europeans, it has been important for them to document the art for study and understanding. However, many aboriginal tribes have now begun to think about why they need to share their cultural expressions with those from a different culture. 

Aboriginal art is a form of art that is used to represent the culture and beliefs of the Aboriginal people. 

Aboriginal Art refers to the traditional or ancient arts produced by Aboriginal people. These arts express aspects of Aboriginal culture and beliefs. 

The Making of Traditional Aboriginal Art 

Many Aboriginal artists are inspired by ancestral narratives, ceremonial knowledge and spirituality. 

The themes that Aboriginal artists explore in their art include the environment, the land, the sea and wetlands. They also explore themes of family groups, sacred sites and dreaming stories. The work is often linked to particular ceremonies or events. 

Artists create their work using a number of traditional techniques including dot-painting, stencils and sand-painting. These techniques are used for both traditional dance costumes to ceremonial objects such as shields or headdresses for ceremonies. 

The techniques were developed by the Aboriginal people in Australia to be used for their survival in these harsh environments. The materials that were used to create these artworks are rocks, bones, shells, animal teeth and claws, ochre (natural earth pigments) blood etc. 

Tools & Materials used to Create Aboriginal Art  

Pottery, wood carving, and drawing are some of the traditional tools used to create aboriginal art. These tools and materials were chosen by Aboriginal people because they can be found in their environment or acquired through trade with other groups. 

Materials: Wood carving is done with a variety of different types of wood depending on the intricacy of the design; Fish bone, turtle shell, and pearl shells are often used for pottery; Ochre paints come from earthy minerals that are ground into powder.