Western Desert Art for Years 5, 6 and 7

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Western Desert Art for Years 5, 6 and 7


Western Desert Art. Activities for Years 5, 6 and 7



Cultural sensitivity warning

Persons using this resource are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive. Users of the resource should be aware that in some Indigenous communities, hearing or seeing names of deceased persons might cause sadness or distress, particularly to the relatives of these people.

Acknowledgement of country

The University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, respecting the strength and resilience of Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) people, past and present. Thanks are extended to the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) people for welcoming the artworks of the Ngabung Djamga Gallery and stories of the Western Desert to their homeland.

As a supporter member of the Indigenous Art Code, USC is Committed to the principles of ethical trade in Indigenous visual art as set out in the Code.

Indigenous Art Code logo.


Reproduction of the information and materials contained in this document has been granted for these teaching and learning purposes. Copyright exists in all works of art and no reproductions are permitted. Permission to use the images has been gained from the Aboriginal Artists Agency.

Gender statement

Be aware of the importance of gender divisions of responsibility and knowledge in many Indigenous communities. In tradition-based communities, men and women have different custodial responsibilities in relation to land, Dreamings, and their expression through performance and other art forms.

Donors to the Western Desert Art Collection at USC

Chris Simon, Yanda Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs, NT

Professor Edwin Clifford Webb, Buderim, QLD

Lawrence John O’Dwyer, Sydney, NSW

Emeritus Professor Andy Hede, Buderim, QLD

Principal Author

John Hunt


Dawn Oelrich, USC Gallery Curator

Louise Jaeger, USC Assistant Curator


Unless otherwise attributed, by Roseanne Webb and Peter Waddington.

About these resources

The paintings available for viewing should not be considered as simple, decorative works. Rather, they should be seen as personal journeys of ancestors of the artist, recounting beliefs about creation of land, life and the belief systems of Indigenous culture.

The Wondervision Project is based around the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Art Collection and is managed by the USC Art Gallery.

Wondervision is funded by the Australian Government under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

The homelands of the Central and Western Desert Artists

Image used with permission from Aboriginal Art Online.

Map of Alice Springs and surrounding towns, the homelands of the Central and Western Desert Artists.


Text used in association with the Western Desert Art images has been adapted from the original text by Dr Lisa Chandler, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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