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  • Aboriginal artistic heritage is one of the oldest in the world. Rock paintings have been found that are 40,000 years old. Other forms of painting are related to ceremonial body painting and painting on the ground for a specific ceremony , an initiation, a healing or one of many significant events and painting of wood objects such as coolamons (bowls), sculpture or other ceremonial objects. For the most part this form of painting was temporary and gone once a ceremonial event or celebration was over.

    Prior to 1788 when the European invasion started it was estimated that up to 500,000 people living in small groups throughout the continent enjoyed a well adapted rich life style which included highly developed language and a structured social system including laws based on a strong spiritual history and a ceremonial structure for enacting, teaching and celebrating that heritage.

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