australian aboriginal rock art
Look closely into this group of hands and you see a sail boat pulled up to a pathway and there is a person walking up that path out of the picture. The hands and forearms act as trees and bushes around the shore line. In the left end of the boat a person, possibly two, is sitting holding what looks like a chopping adze. Up at the top of the picture is a little king like figure with a large streaming headdress. The cording on this head dress shows up in other cave drawings. This may be a very clever picture of the Bosses boat and asking for willing hands to repair it.
Aboriginal art tells a story. Here the hands seem to suggest a code like (not secret) communication among the groups. Palms up, palms down right hand and left hand. Hand proportions, female, male and hand size. That could create a bunch of signals.
Down in the lower right you see that hand pressed outward to the viewer and the suggestion of a face looking back at us. Low left is a little flower, upper right a vignette of an amphitheater that is coming out of the tail of the headdress. This photo shows how and where the drawing occurred.
This morning I’m wondering how the San tribe got called Bushman and why that name obfuscates their incredible intelligence.
Behind this drawing on the cave wall (THE cave wall) notice the earth’s striations. These woeful figures are sandwiched between two actual earth shattering events. See the white striations behind them a couple of inches apart? Those are most likely volcanic ash remnants and the reason these folks had to live in the the shelter of the cave.
The young person on the left is kneeling on the beginning layer of damage and is lamenting the conditions brought about by this newly scorched earth.
The Lady sitting on the stump is woefully staring back through time ( the upper white ash line) and remembering the harsh environment her family had to endure to stay alive.
The drawing on the right, is definitely a male standing in the middle of two ashy time lines, despondent over the conditions his family is enduring.
The good news is this is being drawn by an artist in the cave many years (rock striations) later.
This artist stood back and read the cave wall then added his comments to the correct time- line-layers of stone.