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.