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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Human Footprint

The Aboriginal symbol for a human footprint is an inverted 'U' shaped curve (the symbol for a person) with five protruding digits that represent our five toes.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Human Track

The Aboriginal art symbol for a human footprint is an inverted 'U' shaped curve (the symbol for a person) with five protruding digits that represent our five toes.

  • This symbol is repeated in alternate steps across the picture plane to suggest the direction that the person is taking.

  • An alternative to this symbol is to use the shape of an actual footprint.

  • These symbols can be used for both male and female figures depending on the context.

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.