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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Woman

The Aboriginal symbol for a woman is an inverted 'U' shaped curve in combination with a vertical line.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Woman

The Aboriginal art symbol for a woman is an inverted 'U' shaped curve in combination with a vertical line.

  • The 'U' shape denotes a person while the line represents a digging stick, a sharpened tool that women use to unearth bush tucker (yams, carrots, witchetty grubs, honey ants etc.).

  • Variations on this symbol may include other lines that represent a coolamon (an long oval bowl made from tree bark that is used for carrying bush tucker).

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.