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The ochre warriors : Peramangk culture and rock art in the Mount Lofty Ranges / Robin Coles, Richard Hunter
Bib ID 5159304
Format BookBook
Coles, Robin
Description Stepney, S. Aust. : Axiom, 2010 
226 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps, col. ports. ; 27 cm. 
ISBN 9781864765960

Long before the dawn of modern white history, the Peramangk Aboriginal people inhabited the eastern Adelaide Hills. The northern Peramangk lived close to Mount Crawford and were known as the 'Tarrawata'. The Mount Barker Springs group were known as the 'Ngurlinjeri'. A splinter group of the Peramangk nation were known as the 'Merrimayanna', and lived in a semi-permanent campsite in the eastern Barossa Region. The 'Merrimayanna' were known as skilled artists who painted vivid motifs in red, yellow and white ochre. They utilized the many rock shelters in the eastern ranges to depict probable dream time stories, ceremonies and hunting scenes. Of the 69 art sites recorded so far, some can be visited with Aboriginal custodians. Only some of the 'Merrimayanna' art works have been interpreted with many other sites yet to be discovered. Covers the known history of the Peramangk and their culture, myths and legends, use of fungi and plants, and their rock art in the Mount Lofty ranges. Includes images of some of the 69 discovered rock art paintings and engravings in the Mt Lofty Ranges, the stories behind the art, and historical information on how the Peramangk people lived.


Bibliography: p. 215-219.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- South Australia -- Lofty, Mount, Ranges -- Art.  |  Peramangk (Australian people)  |  Rock paintings -- South Australia -- Lofty, Mount, Ranges.  |  Hunting.  |  Literature and stories.  |  mortuary customs.  |  Magic and sorcery.  |  Food.  |  Culture.  |  Transport - Water - Canoes.  |  Gender relations - Marriage.  |  Death - Mortuary customs.  |  Reproduction - Infanticide.  |  Technology - Stone.  |  Material culture - Bark objects.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking.  |  Peramangk people (S5) (SA SI54-09)  |  Sites - Quarries - Ochre and pigment.  |  Plants - Fungi.  |  Technology - Fire - Fire making.  |  Colonisation.  |  Art - Rock art.  |  Dance - Ceremonial.  |  Material culture - Fur and skin objects and decorations.  |  Lofty, Mount, Ranges (S.A.) -- History.  |  Macclesfield (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount Pleasant (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount McKenzie (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Saunders Creek (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount Barker Creek (SE SA SI54-13)  |  Marne River / Eden Valley (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount Beevor (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount Lofty Ranges (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Horsnell Gully (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Monarto (SE SA SI54-13)  |  South Para River (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Tungkillo (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Kanmantoo (SE SA SI54-13)
Other authors/contributors Hunter, Richard


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