Australian Museum Journal A Central Australian ochre mine

Shortform:
Paterson and Lampert, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(1): 1–9
Author(s):
Paterson, Nicolas; Lampert, Ronald J.
Year published:
1985
Title:
A Central Australian ochre mine
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
37
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
9
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.333
Language:
English
Date published:
01 August 1985
Cover date:
01 August 1985
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ETHNOGRAPHY; ANTHROPOLOGY
Digitized:
09 January 2009
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
333
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Complete work:
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Abstract

An ochre mine still used by Warlpiri men in Central Australia is described, and its relationship to trading networks, mythology and control over access is discussed. The paper also examines the methods of mining and processing the ochre, and describes some task-specific stone tools used in mining. Many similarities are apparent between this mine and two famous large ochre deposits, Parachilna and Wilga mia, neither of which is currently in use.

It is of particular interest for three reasons: there are stone tools used specifically for quarrying the deposits; the entire mine is an underground chamber; and it provides ethnographic evidence on the complexities of the control of such valued resources.