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Ayers rock : its people, their beliefs and their art / Charles P. Mountford.
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D305.89915/MOU/MAIN
[Sydney] Pacific Books,
1971.
xiv, 216 pages : illustrations (some in colour), map ; 19 cm.
First published 1965 by Angus and Robertson.
Includes index.
Bibliography: pages 209-210.
Study of the ecology of Ayers Rock; effect of environment on the Aborigines life and thought; Part I; Topography of rock and area, climate, fauna and flora - Pitjandjara - their implements, tribal organization; Part II; Beliefs and myths; results of the continual re-enactment and re-telling of myths of Creation and deeds of the totemic heroes (forebears of the tribe); linking of the physical features of the rock with the legends, also maintains close relationship between tribal clans; Part III; Art - 3 distinct forms found at the Rock; (i), rock engravings - distribution all over Australia; age and origin - description of designs and techniques; (ii) Art of sacred objects Kulpidji - Pitjandjara limited to few designs to express the mythical stories, therefore many meanings to each motif but resemblance found between design & subjects, e.g. concentric circles, breasts of women, waterholes, etc.; (iii) Art of Ayers Caves - secular and free - comparison with Sacred Art and art from other caves, Ngama, Lukiri Central Australia; age - change in styles techniques and pigments; description of sites in the Rock and the paintings.
0207122261 (paperback);
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Study of the ecology of Ayers Rock; effect of environment on the Aborigines life and thought; Part I; Topography of rock and area, climate, fauna and flora - Pitjandjara - their implements, tribal organization; Part II; Beliefs and myths; results of the
continual re-enactment and re-telling of myths of Creation and deeds of the totemic heroes (forebears of the tribe); linking of the physical features of the rock with the legends, also maintains close relationship between tribal clans; Part III; Art - 3 distinct forms found at the Rock; (i), rock engravings - distribution all over Australia; age and origin - description of designs and techniques; (ii) Art of sacred objects Kulpidji - Pitjandjara limited to few designs to express the mythical stories, therefore many meanings to each motif but resemblance found between design & subjects, e.g. concentric circles, breasts of women, waterholes, etc.; (iii) Art of Ayers Caves - secular and free - comparison with Sacred Art and art from other caves, Ngama, Lukiri Central Australia; age - change in styles techniques and pigments; description of sites in the Rock and the paintings.
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