David M.Welch Publications

* An independent Australian rock art researcher and book publisher.
* Publisher of the Australian Aboriginal Culture Series.


Ubirr Front

Aboriginal Paintings at Ubirr and Nourlangie :
Kakadu National Park, Northern Australia

ISBN: 9780987138989
© 2015  vi, 186 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps, colour portraits ; 24 cm. 

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Ubirr and Nourlangie are two outstanding rock outliers adorned with Aboriginal Paintings, lying on plains beside the East Alligator River and the Arnhem Land Escarpment in Kakadu National Park in northern Australia.

Dreaming paths of the Rainbow Serpent, the Lightning Man, the Cockatoo Lady, and Warramurrunundji the Earth Mother all pass through the region and are important Ancestral Beings for local Aboriginal people.

For thousands of years Aborigines recorded important ceremonies, deities and totemic plants and animals by painting their images in the rock shelters, cliffs and overhangs of the region. Artistic styles have evolved over time, from naturalistic forms to the intellectual X-ray style, where the internal anatomy of the subject is portrayed.

Aboriginal Paintings at Ubirr and Nourlangie provides a guide to the art sites, many open to the public, explaining their significance for Aboriginal people, both past and present.


Maps: Kakadu National Park
Ubirr art sites
Nourlangie Rock art sites
Chapter One: Mimi and Namarnde (Mamandi) – Good and evil spirits
Chapter Two: Paintings at Ubirr
Chapter Three: Paintings at Nourlangie Rock
Chapter Four: Paintings at Nawurlandja (Little Nourlangie Rock)
Chapter Five: The significance of pounding hollows
References and further reading