Ancient roots of new world

“The art itself is not important, but the story it tells is,” says Nugal-Warra elder Willie Gordon, surveying his ancestral rock art in the hills above Hope Vale, Cooktown, tropical north Queensland.

20th January, 2007

“The art itself is not important, but the story it tells is,” says Nugal-Warra elder Willie Gordon, surveying his ancestral rock art in the hills above Hope Vale, Cooktown, tropical north Queensland.

The day is hot and humid, and I am keeping an eye out for snakes as we visit a multitude of rock sites previously inaccessible to visitors. All the while, Gordon, the archetypal story-teller, tells of an Aboriginal culture that is...

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