The imagery of the
Aboriginal culture, as can be seen in many of the sacred sites, rock and cave
paintings, used very few colours, as they were often made from what was available
locally. The colours were often mined from ochre pits, being used for both
painting and ceremonies. The ochre was even traded between clans and at one time
could only be collected by specific men within the clan. Some of ochre pits can
be viewed today as tourist attractions.
Following map of ochre pits in
Australia, and images of the
located in the
Range region. A popular stop for those enjoying the attractions along
the West MacDonnell Range, this ochre pit is accessed from Namatjira Drive, near Alice Springs.