Spiders in Australian indigenous art

Spiders are depicted in Australian Indigenous art, including bark and rock paintings.

For example, in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal people have depicted spiders in their bark and rock paintings.

Spiders are an important Burnungku clan totem for the Rembarrnga/Kyne people in central Arnhem Land. Spiders in their webs are associated with a sacred rock on the clan estate and the design is connected with a major regional ceremony. These spider totems provide a link with neighbouring clans who also use spider totems in their rituals.


Ondine Evans , Web Researcher/Editor
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