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Image of the Dreaming – Kakadu

The paintings at Kakadu National Park in Arnhem land, Northern Australia, estimated to range in age from 20,000 years to the present, constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world. Aboriginal people of western Arnhem Land say that their Mimi rock pictures were painted not by humans but by the Mimi spirits. People inherited these sacred pictures and it has been their responsibility to freshen colors, repair any damage, and repaint them from time to time. The drawings, usually in red ochre, show elegant, graceful stick-like human figures in action – fighting, running, dancing, leaping and hunting. The clever and cheeky Mimi not only created these lively self-portraits, but are also the ancestors who taught people to paint, hunt, dance and compose songs.

Credit: Aboriginal Art Online