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Ancestral connections : art and an aboriginal system of knowledge /

by Morphy, Howard [author].
Type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: xvii, 329 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0226538656 (alk. paper); 0226538664 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land | Knowledge, Sociology of | Art and society -- Australia | Symbolisim in art -- Australia | Murngin (Australian people) -- Social life and customs | Murngin (Australian people) -- Rites and ceremonies | Murngin (Australian people) -- Kinship | Aborigines, Australian -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land -- Art | Bark painting, Murngin | Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land -- Art | Art - Painting - Bark | Art - Body art | Art - Sand and ground design | Art - Production - Materials / techniques | Art - Artists | Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects | Communications - Nonverbal | Settlement and contacts | Settlement and contacts - 20th Century | Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology | Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes | Stories and motifs - Insects | Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage | Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies | Stories and motifs - Sharks | Sites - Dreaming tracks | Stories and motifs - Wawalag Sisters | Manggalili people (N137) (NT SD53-03) | W©Þgilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07) | Yolngu people (NT SD53) | Bark painting -- Australia | Symbolism in art | Painting, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land | Symbolism in art -- Australia | Bark painting, Yolngu | Philosophy, Aboriginal Australian | Yolngu (Australian people) -- Social life and customs | Yolngu (Australian people) -- Rites and ceremonies | Yolngu (Australian people) -- Kinship | Symbolism in art | Arnhem Land (NT) | South Australia - West (SA SH53, SI53)
Contents:
List of Figures -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Art for Sale -- 3. Yolngu Society: An Outline -- 4. The Rights to Paint -- 5. Inside and Outside: The Yolngu System of Knowledge -- 6. Paintings as Meaningful Objects -- 7. The Meanings of Paintings in Ceremony -- 8. The Components of Yolngu Art -- 9. Changing with the Times: Categories of Art and the Composition of Paintings -- 10. Manggalili Iconography -- 11. Yingapungapu -- 12. Nyapililngu's Blood -- 13. Conclusion: Yolngu Art and the Creativity of the Inside -- Note on Orthography -- Glossary -- References -- Index.
Summary: Yolngu art as a communication system encoding meaning as form; relation of art to the systems of clan organisation and restricted (secret) knowledge; contact history and social contexts of art production; iconography of clan paintings; response to the art market; social organisation rights to land and law; marriage and kinship; rights to paintings; knowledge system - structure, inclusiveness, power, secrecy; role of paintings in ceremonies - burial rituals; range of meanings associated with paintings - examples used in ceremonies associated with the Wawilak Sisters and ancestral shark images; graphic components of painting - figurative and geometric, clan designs; chronological change - the Donald Thomson Collection, past and contemporary categories of painting, commercial art; iconographic analysis of Manggalili clan paintings; relation of events in painting to Yolngu cosmology - creative powers , life and death, male and female dualities.
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Book Book Main library Non-fiction AUS MOR 1991 (Browse shelf) 1 Available Donated by Arts SA 2014-2809
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-319) and index.

List of Figures -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Art for Sale -- 3. Yolngu Society: An Outline -- 4. The Rights to Paint -- 5. Inside and Outside: The Yolngu System of Knowledge -- 6. Paintings as Meaningful Objects -- 7. The Meanings of Paintings in Ceremony -- 8. The Components of Yolngu Art -- 9. Changing with the Times: Categories of Art and the Composition of Paintings -- 10. Manggalili Iconography -- 11. Yingapungapu -- 12. Nyapililngu's Blood -- 13. Conclusion: Yolngu Art and the Creativity of the Inside -- Note on Orthography -- Glossary -- References -- Index.

Yolngu art as a communication system encoding meaning as form; relation of art to the systems of clan organisation and restricted (secret) knowledge; contact history and social contexts of art production; iconography of clan paintings; response to the art market; social organisation rights to land and law; marriage and kinship; rights to paintings; knowledge system - structure, inclusiveness, power, secrecy; role of paintings in ceremonies - burial rituals; range of meanings associated with paintings - examples used in ceremonies associated with the Wawilak Sisters and ancestral shark images; graphic components of painting - figurative and geometric, clan designs; chronological change - the Donald Thomson Collection, past and contemporary categories of painting, commercial art; iconographic analysis of Manggalili clan paintings; relation of events in painting to Yolngu cosmology - creative powers , life and death, male and female dualities.

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