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Scientific Paper published by David M. Welch

Plant motifs in Kimberley rock-art, Australia

By David M. Welch

Abstract. Flowers, leaves, stems, branches, fruit, vines, inflorescence, roots and tubers are all depicted in the rock-art of the Kimberley region, Australia. The ecological knowledge of Aboriginal people with regard to plant usage for food, housing, utensils, weapons, string-making and ceremonial regalia is enormous, and some of this knowledge is reflected in rock-art. Sometimes plant features are combined with human and animal forms to represent mythological figures.