Totem Animals and Tribal Ceremonies


This painting depicts different tribes throughout Australia, their totem animals, and their different ceremonies.

Inside the circle symbols are (top to bottom): a family sitting around a shelter clearing bad spirits away with a smoking ceremony before a hunt; young men being taught to hunt by two Elders; (far left) people sitting around the campsite after a crayfish hunt; Elders teaching young men about weapons and going on walkabout; women swimming at a sacred women’s waterhole; (far right) women dancing around a fire; (lower centre) men sitting around a fire talking about secret men’s business; men’s resting place after a hunt; (bottom left) different tribal families coming together to watch an initiation ceremony.

Each of the totem animals shown has a special meaning for me. For example, the platypus symbolises being at peace even when you are isolated and everything in your life is going fast. It teaches us to swim through our emotions and be aware of our own uniqueness.

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111 × 75 cm | Acrylic on canvas | Cat. no: 0169-22

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