4 Interesting Things About Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal culture is part of Australia’s history. The Aboriginal people are a treasured part of this island’s heritage. Art has been a way to tell their stories and share their culture for centuries. This blog aims to preserve this rich heritage and the beautiful and meaningful art that these indigenous people create.

To appreciate Aboriginal art, you need to know a few things.

Only an Aboriginal artist can create Aboriginal art

You have to be part of one of the indigenous tribes to create Aboriginal art. Anyone can learn the techniques and make a painting. However, if they are not Aboriginal, their art cannot be called or represented as Aboriginal art.


The art always tells a story

The indigenous tribes use art to tell their stories. They share special events or historic occurrences. They tell stories passed on to them from ancestors. Each work of art, regardless of the medium, tells a story.

Dots were used to disguise meaning

One of the characteristic techniques of Aboriginal art is dot painting. It is a recognisable feature of Aboriginal paintings. It is most often seen in art from the Pintupi tribe. When the white settlers came to Australia, the indigenous people started using double-dotting. This was to hide any meaning they didn’t want the white people to know about.

Some stories need permission

When painting stories from their own lineage, permission is not needed. However, if an artist wants to tell a story about history or that is not from their lineage, they need permission. Permission must be given by the relevant tribe.

These are only some of the interesting things about Aboriginal art. They don’t have a written language. Symbols are very central to their culture and how they communicate. Once you start learning about them, you just want to know more. With a such a rich history and beautiful art, it is easy to understand the fascination.


Jeremy Donovan: The Short Story

Jeremy Donovan is one of the most well-known descendants of the Aboriginal people. He didn’t know that he was from an indigenous people until his teenage years. Jeremy is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji tribe of far North Queensland. He is also known as Jeremy ‘Yongurra’ Donovan.

Jeremy had a troubled childhood and spent most of his young life in foster care. As with so many kids, he had a tough timewhilst in foster care. His early life experiences eventually landed him in jail as a teenager. It is here where he started learning the truth about his heritage.


Jeremy found out that his father was from the Aboriginal people. He grew up in the Maori culture, so this changed everything for him. While in jail, he learned a lot about the Aboriginal culture and traditions. He also eventually met his grandfather who was a great mentor. His wisdom and guidance helped Jeremy turn his life around.

Today, Jeremy Donovan is a well-known Aboriginal descendent, artist, musician, and speaker. He has given many talks on his culture and experiences. He also shares his art and music with anyone who wants to learn about the Aboriginal people. Jeremy is no longer that troubled teenager.


Jeremy’s experiences shaped him and led to the who he is today. He inspires, teaches, and guides many young people through his art and talks. He is a great example of how a person can change their life and be more than they think they can be.

Jeremy can be contacted through different social media platforms. If you would like to hire him as a speaker or just learn more, he is open to connecting with people.


Aboriginal Art Forms Everyone Can Enjoy

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.


The Beauty of Aboriginal Music and Dance

Aboriginal art comes in so many forms. One of our favorite art forms is the music and dancing. In many instances, ceremonies with dancing and music are sacred. Outsiders will rarely be able to see this. However, there are places in the Northern Territory where visitors can see demonstrations.

Here are some of the characteristics of Aboriginal dance and music that you can expect.



As with all their art, bodypainting tells a story. It is part of a ritual. Dancers often have different symbols and markings painted on them. Usually, the family must do the painting and only a relative is allowed to change it. The bodypaintings often relate to the person’s heritage, family, and life journey.

Clapping sticks


Clapping sticks are also called bilma. These are the oldest instruments used by the Aboriginal people. They are used to provide rhythm for their chants. When visiting local festivals, these clapping sticks will be seen all over. They are a constant anywhere where Aboriginal music is played.



The didgeridoo is another well-known sight in indigenous communities. This instrument was created about 1500 years ago and creates a sort of buzz sound. This sound is a familiar part of most Aboriginal music. Despite its important place in Aboriginal culture, indigenous people will sometime play informally to entertain visitors.

These features form part of the music and dancing rituals and ceremonies of the Aboriginal people. The music tells stories about the rich history of the indigenous people. It also forms an important part of sacred ceremonies. The dancing adds to the story or can even tell its own story.

If you are ever in Australia and have the opportunity, visit one of the many art festivals. Experience the rich culture and beauty of the Aboriginal music and dance for yourself. It will open up a whole new world and appreciation for indigenous art.