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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Possum Footprint

The Aboriginal symbol for a possum footprint is a straight line with four protruding digits that represent the four clawed toes on its hind foot.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Possum Track

The Aboriginal art symbol for a possum footprint is a straight line with four protruding digits that represent the four clawed toes on its hind foot. Its clawless fifth toe which can be turned like a thumb to grasp branches is ignored.

  • The possum, which is about the same size as a domestic cat, is a marsupial that lives in hollowed trees and logs. It emerges at night to eat and drink around waterholes, where it falls prey to Aboriginal hunters.

  • The possum is a traditional source of food for Aboriginal people in the bush.

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.