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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Connected Waterholes

The Aboriginal symbol for connected waterholes is a combination of concentric circles (waterhole symbols) linked together by wavy lines (water symbol).

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Connected Waterholes

The Aboriginal art symbol for connected waterholes is a combination of concentric circles (waterhole symbols) linked together by wavy lines (water symbol).

  • Waterholes are both social and sacred sites for Aboriginal communities and the rivers and gullies that link them form natural pathways for people to travel between them.

  • Connected waterholes are one of the most common symbols in Aboriginal art as they provide reliable information about the location of water, some of which may be hidden below the surface of the arid landscape.

Some of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. The symbols and images used to create them are taken from the sheets above which are freely available as pdf. files for you to download to help with drawing your own artworks.