The imagery of the Aboriginal culture, as can be seen in many of the sacred sites, rock and cave
paintings, used very few colours, as they were often made from what was available
locally. The colours were often mined from ‘ochre pits’, being used for both
painting and ceremonies. The ochre was even traded between clans and at one time
could only be collected by specific men within the clan.
Some of the ochre pits can
be viewed today as tourist attractions.
Check out the map and some of the
images from ochre pits in Australia.