The approximate area of interest for the Bindal Traditional Owners is north of Townsville from Black River, south to the Haughton River, east to the Barrier Reef (excluding Magnetic Island) and west to the Mingela Range.
Rock art sites are among the many physical traces of Aboriginal occupation to have survived in Australia for 50,000 years or more. They are located on rock surfaces, in shelters and open sites. Aboriginal rock art sites often tell dreaming stories and sometimes this provides pictorial evidence of past rituals central to the lives of Traditional Owner groups.
Traditional Aboriginal art can include the use of various coloured pigments for paintings, hand stencils and drawings on rock surfaces. The pigments are mostly red and yellow ochres, white pipe clay and charcoal.
Another form of rock art involved engraving by pecking, grinding and abrading rock surfaces.
"This painting here at AIMS (Australian Institute for Marine Science), I've been to it many times and on the rock here it shows animals that you would get in this area: turtle, wallaby and possum. On the rock art painting there are circles. I believe these circles represent shields and also represent bora rings and men's initiation. Over on the main highway (Bruce Highway) there is another rock art site and it also has painting of a lot of circles." - Elder Emmanuel Ross, Bindal Traditional Owners group
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