For thousands of years, Australian Aborigines have been making art. A manifestation of the creative forces of Dreamtime, art is also a fundamental means of expressing individual and group identity. Howard Morphy surveys the great variety in Aboriginal art, showing the inter-relationships between such diverse art forms as body painting, dance, the decoration of weapons and utensils, and painting on bark and canvas.
Howard Morphy is Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Canberra.
Art as a record of Aboriginal history; art, religion and the dreaming; a totemic landscape - art, maps and people; Aboriginal art and society; art, ritual and aesthetics; engaging the other - art and the survival of Aboriginal society; in place out of time - from Hermannsburg to Papunya; art in adversity; documents of change; Aboriginal art and the avant-garde.