Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship

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Abstract

This chapter examines rock art as cultural expressions of social relationships and kinship. More specifically, it considers the type(s) of relationships that exist or emerge in Indigenous contexts and how appreciation of these relationships can elucidate the meaning, symbolism, and significance of rock art. It first explores the relational contexts of rock art by citing examples involving sorcery before discussing the social embeddedness of rock art and the network of relationships that rock art operates within. It then analyzes the regional relatedness and social connectedness of rock art and shows that the breadth of relationships into which rock art is embedded involves ontology and epistemology. The chapter uses a series of case studies drawn primarily from rock art research with Yanyuwa, a maritime-oriented Indigenous language group in northern Australia’s southwest Gulf country, supplemented with examples from the American
Southwest and other areas within Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art
EditorsBruno David, Ian J. McNiven
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter29
Pages671-693
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780190607364
ISBN (Print)9780190607357
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • rock art
  • social relationships
  • kinship
  • sorcery
  • regional relatedness
  • social connectedness
  • ontology
  • Yanyuwa
  • Australia
  • epistemology

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Brady, L. M., Bradley, J. J., & Kearney, A. (2018). Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. In B. David, & I. J. McNiven (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art (pp. 671-693). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
Brady, Liam Michael ; Bradley, John James ; Kearney, Amanda. / Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. editor / Bruno David ; Ian J. McNiven. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 671-693
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Brady, LM, Bradley, JJ & Kearney, A 2018, Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. in B David & IJ McNiven (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, pp. 671-693.

Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. / Brady, Liam Michael; Bradley, John James; Kearney, Amanda.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. ed. / Bruno David; Ian J. McNiven. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 671-693.

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Brady LM, Bradley JJ, Kearney A. Rock Art as Cultural Expressions of Social Relationships and Kinship. In David B, McNiven IJ, editors, The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 671-693