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ADVENTURES IN QUINKAN COUNTRY

13 Nov

I’ve seen some amazing things but this is an all-time highlight! A visit to one of the rock art sites near the Cape York Peninsula town of Laura.

There are plenty of big boulders in the scrub around here, and on those boulders are images of local creatures, and local spirits. No-one knows for sure how old these images are, but they could go back 30 thousand years. It’s believed they were made by local indigenous people as a series of “sign-posts” to indicate the food sources available in the area, and the spirits who reside in this country.

The word “Quinkan” describes spirits present in the area. One Quinkan is known as a helpful protector,  another is a bit of a mischief-maker.

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There are many known rock art sites and more still to be found. Most of them are close to Laura and the traditional owners encourage visitors to see the art and learn about its significance.

You can read more about Quinkan rock art and arrange a guided visit to the sites at <www.quinkancc.com.au>

Chances are it’ll be Thomas George showing you around. Check out the pictures and listen to Thomas guiding me through one of the rock art sites on Crocodile Station.

AUDIO: THOMAS GEORGE TALKS ABOUT QUINKAN ROCK ART

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Aboriginal, arts & culture, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, rd on the road

 

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