Inside Gabarnmung Rock Shelter
Exclusive photo tour of an Aboriginal archaeological site in the Northern Territory
Photo: Adrian Buitenhuis, Emma Masters and Peter Carty
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The paintings vary from depictions of large kangaroos, snakes, lizards and turtles that are central to the Jawoyn's traditional daily life, while other paintings are of spiritual communion and document mythology and sacred rituals.
This kangaroo painting is considered an "X-ray"-style-painting because the artist has painted the inner organs of the animal. Like most of Garbarnmung, many paintings superimpose one another.