Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater

9781931707954: Hardback
Release Date: 4th June 2007

24 color, 62 b/w illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 168

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater

Track of the Rainbow Serpent

Hardback / £34.00

Told in Aboriginal art and narrative, the Dreamtime story of the creation and meaning of the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater in Australia's Western Desert appears here for the first time. Deftly and sensitively Sanday introduces the meaning of the cosmology of the homeland of the Walmajarri and Djaru Aboriginal people. She provides a compelling story of discovery, both that of her geologist father in 1947 and her own decades later.

In a vibrant example of public-interest anthropology, an ethnography that evolves from dialogue and collaboration and honors the Aboriginal artists with whom she worked, Sanday enlightens, elucidates, and communicates the aesthetic sensibility of a people on their own terms. Through powerful Aboriginal art, readers become part of an unforgettable cultural experience.


Introduction: Track of the Rainbow Serpent
Halls Creek and Crater Culture History
The Sugar Leaf Dreaming: Stan Brumby's Painting
The Star and the Serpent: Daisy Kungah's Painting
The Dingo, the Rainbow Serpent, and the Old Man
Piercing and Creation in the Crater Dreamtime
The Cosmic and Earthly Serpents: Milner Boxer's Paintings
Two Families Go to Red Rock and Kandimalal
Site Paths in Crater Country


Peggy Sanday is Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania.