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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Waterhole / Campsite

The Aboriginal symbol for a waterhole or campsite is a series of concentric rings.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Waterhole / Campsite

The Aboriginal art symbol for a waterhole or campsite is a series of concentric rings.

  • Waterholes are the principal source of life in the outback and form sacred sites where people meet for physical and spiritual sustenance.

  • The meaning of some symbols are constant across different groups and territories while others can vary. The rings of this symbol may be read as a waterhole by some groups or as a campsite or rockhole by others.

  • Color can play an important part in the interpretation of symbols. For example, the use of blue dots in this symbol would emphasise that the icon is a waterhole.

  • A variation of this symbol uses a spiral to suggest a revolving current of water.

Some of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. The symbols and images used to create them are taken from the sheets above which are freely available as pdf. files for you to download to help with drawing your own artworks.