National Geographic : 1973 Feb
SNOUTS HELD HIGH, spiny anteaters nearly two feet long parade across a rock wall at Bala-Uru (left). The egg-laying mammals, hunted as a delicacy by the Aborigines, may have been painted in the hope of magical ly increasing their supply. At Obiri Rock (below, left) Kay Breeden admires a pan orama of large fish, probably drawn to bolster their num bers in nearby pools. As if posing for its portrait, a spider perches near its likeness at Cannon Hill (below). Rock painting and retouch ing by the Aborigines now have all but ceased, and the secrets of the paintings lie mostly with elderly tribes men. When they are gone, this remarkable window on a unique culture may be cloud ed forever.