Art is an ancient form of expression. Since time began, humanoids used drawings, chanting, and music to express themselves. Art was used as a way to tell stories and pass down history. It was and still is a way to give meaning and substance to things that cannot be expressed in words.
The Aboriginal people in Australia have lived there for thousands of years. Many of their traditions and history are found on rock drawings. Today, these indigenous people produce their stories in more modern art forms.
Traditions, history, and life stories were drawn on rocks in the past. Today, Aboriginal artists express their stories through paintings on canvas. Every artist has a different approach and has something different to say. As with all art, each artist is unique in their view and expression of what they want to say.
Another way that these artists express themselves is in photography. This may seem like a too modern form for an indigenous people. However, some the most successful and popular Aboriginal artists are photographers. They capture people, moments, and objects to express their stories in new and unique ways. The pictures can be quite interesting.
Music is another age-old art form. The Aboriginal people have their own instruments and type of music. Music forms part of their traditional ceremonies and celebrations. They use instruments like clapping sticks and the didgeridoo. They invented these instruments. It gives their music its unique sound.
Other forms of Aboriginal art include fashion designs, bodypainting, and sculptures. The art has definitely taken on a more contemporary feel in terms of media. However, the history and rich heritage that is expressed still remains. They have just found new and more complex ways to share their stories.
Many of these art forms come together at local art festivals. Visitors can experience all the Aboriginal art from paintings to music to dancing. It is quite an experience and not to be missed. There are different festivals held throughout the year across the Northern Territory. You will also find some demonstrations and festivals further out.
Aboriginal art is unique and inspiring and rich. It expresses stories and emotions that entices the mind and stirs the heart. If you have the opportunity to experience this art for yourself, don’t hesitate to take it.