Certain Aboriginal stories are represented by using dots. Many artists use excess dots to hide meanings and symbols in their paintings.
Evidence of Australian Aboriginal art can be found since 30,000 years ago! A very important aspect of this art is the use of symbols. Various symbols are used by Aboriginal people in their art to preserve their culture and tradition. These symbols have the power to transform any object into a sacred one. They are also used to depict various stories and traditions. Symbolism is still used in contemporary Aboriginal art. Traditionally, only ochre was used, but today modern artists are using different colors as well. The basic symbols for a man, woman, child, community, family etc., are standard, but can have different interpretations according to the artist. Sometimes, colors are used to represent certain aspects in a story. Aboriginal people used to depict their dream-time stories using these symbols.
It goes beyond the conventional meaning for the Aboriginals. Dreaming is used to describe the relations and balance between the spiritual, natural, and moral elements of the world. It also refers to the time of creation of the world and supernatural beings. It is conveyed in their art usually through an aerial view.
Australian Aboriginal Symbols with Their Meanings
These symbols have been found in National Parks as well. The meanings and interpretations could change slightly in different regions.