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.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Paterson and Lampert, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(1): 1–9
Author
Nicolas Paterson; Ronald J. Lampert
Year
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
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09 January 2009
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
333
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