ONLY DOT PAINTED MATS ARE AVAILABLE!
Dot paintings are now internationally recognised as unique and integral to Australian Aboriginal Art.
The simple dot style as well as cross hatching maybe beautifully aesthetic to the eye but has a far more hidden meaning and deeper purpose; to disguise the sacred meanings behind the stories in the paintings.
Before Indigenous Australian art was ever put onto canvas the Aboriginal people would smooth over the soil to draw sacred designs which belonged to that particular ceremony.
Body paint was also applied which held meanings connected to sacred rituals. These designs were outlined with circles and encircled with dots.
Uninitiated people never got to see these sacred designs since the soil would be smoothed over again and painted bodies would be washed. This was not possible with paintings.
Aboriginal artists abstracted their paintings to disguise the sacred designs so the real meanings could not be understood by Westerners.
Looking for an activity for the children? go no further! these are blank boomerangs ready to be painted as gifts for Christmas, Mother’s or father’s day etc. They are 15cm in length an ideal size for children to paint!
There are basically 3 types of boomerangs that are/were made and used by aboriginal people across Australia. These include hunting boomerangs, returning boomerangs and star shaped returning boomerangs. All tribes made and used the hunting boomerang, but, not all tribes made and used the typical returning boomerang or the star shaped hunting/returning boomerang.
Very comprehensive teaching resource including full A3 page of info relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives of Australian Bush Foods and their uses. Includes areas of English, History, Geography, Science and Language