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Behind those trees is the Cultural Center.

There are displays, a café, and a couple of art shops with ladies doing dot paintings.

Two things:

No photography allowed almost everywhere. That I was able to have those pictures of the artists in Arnhemland was a bit of a miracle. No photos allowed even in the Cultural Center, no photos allowed in any shop that has paintings, and no photos of Indigenous people of course. There were no photos signs in the gas stations. They hate photos around here. "Please don't steal our culture" the signs say. Even large sections of Uluru are off limits to photography due to the sacred nature of the stories associated with those places.

Dot paintings. "In 1971–1972, art teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged Aboriginal people in Papunya, north west of Alice Springs to put their Dreamings onto canvas. These stories had previously been drawn on the desert sand, and were now given a more permanent form. The dots were used to cover secret-sacred ceremonies."

So there were no dot paintings before 1971 and so many that I see around, in every shop, café, and gas station just don't feel 'right' to me. Like they're bangin' 'em out for the tourists.
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