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Two Parallel Worlds

An immersion into Groote Eylandt and Beswick near Katherine, August 2018.

Last week I saw some spectacular rock art on Groote Eylandt, the fourth biggest island in Australia known for its long term manganese mining. Based in the small community of Angurugu, we had a short but memorable drive to a cave set on top of some ancient rocks at a place called Wurruwarrkbadenumanja.

Inside, the cave roof dazzled us with its rich mural depicting local wildlife including turtles and their tracks, dolphins, lizards and dugongs as well as human items such as canoes and axes. Representing totemic and clan-based connection to Country the art may well have been ‘retouched’ by elders... read more