Aboriginal Heritage and Culture

Aboriginal Rock Art

Indigenous art is prolific in the Kimberley and Pilbara region of Western Australia.   From petroglyphs at the Burrup Peninsula to the Gyorn Gyorn, Gwion Gwion Bradshaw figures and Wandjina rock art of the Kimberley, there is something very special about viewing these ancient artworks created amongst nature itself. Archeological dating has placed the Gyorn Gyorn paintings among the oldest discovered and were first seen by European eyes in the late 1890s.

While you can seek some of these sites out on your travels throughout the North West, there are a number of tour operators that can guide you to these special sites and give you an insight into one of the oldest cultures on Earth.

Cruise operators along the Kimberley Coast know of hidden Aboriginal art sites only accessible by water, and as a passenger you will be one of very few people to lay eyes on still pristine artwork thousands of years old.

While many other Australian Aboriginal tribes believe that the Dreamtime snake or Rainbow Serpent was the main creative force, The Wandjina is highly revered as the supreme being spirit for the Worrora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes in the Kimberley.  These tribes make up the Mowanjum Community located 15km outside of Derby. The artists at the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre depict Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn figures based on the cave paintings central to their culture.

Wandjina Tours offers guided Indigenous cultural tours in the ancestral country of the Worrorra people.

If you are keen to purchase a piece of artwork to remember your visit to the region, there are many art galleries throughout the North West showcasing artwork based on culture and surrounding landscapes.

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