Bangala, Rainbow Serpents (1988).
Follow the Tracks of the Serpent
snake is a common figure in Aboriginal mythology, widespread across
Australia. Narratives involving snakes range from the highly complex
and secret to more basic, public stories. The Kluge-Ruhe Australian
Art exhibit, Tracks of the Serpent: The Image of the Snake
in Australian Aboriginal Art, on display through Nov. 24,
examines the ways in which snakes are depicted as ancestral beings
and other figures.
first images of the Rainbow Serpent, the most prominent ancestral
creature, were found on rock and are estimated to be 6,000 years
old. Today, snakes are still a frequent subject of paintings.
The snake is the central figure in stories of creation, kinship,
territory, marriage and authority. Snakes also are associated
with fertility, rain, waterholes, lightning and other elements
in the natural world.
located at 400 Peter Jefferson Place, is open Tuesday through
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This Saturday, Nov. 10, children, ages
7 to 12, are invited to visit the collection and make rainbow
serpent etchings, starting at noon. Call 244-0234 for information.