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 Fake indigenous hand prints cause strife

14.06.19. This should make you laugh. It showcases just how bloody stupid some people can be as they pursue the flavour of the month about indigenous bullshit about what is genuinely, culturally significant. A perfect dunce declared hand prints found in a cave at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney as needing protection. They are, in fact, fakes—done by a couple of kids in 1960. What does that say about the skills of the person which has caused considerable expense and disruption? If the fool is still alive he should be held financially responsible.
Multiple red hand prints found in a cave near Glenbrook train station, that an expert said were Indigenous and “culturally significant”, have been exposed as fakes created by teenage brothers in the 1960s.

Source:  Fairfax Media

‘Culturally significant’ Glenbrook hand prints in cave found to be fake

The rock art was discovered during work to remove a 20-tonne boulder that threatened the Blue Mountains railway line, west of Sydney, in late March. It extended the weeks of delays on the train line as buses replaced services.
An archaeologist, with a specialty in Indigenous heritage, said at the time that the hand prints were “culturally significant”.
But in a letter obtained by the Blue Mountains Gazette last week, the non-Indigenous man who created the artwork 50 years ago said he and his brothers were paying homage to local Indigenous culture and he was now keen to “set the record straight”.
The man, who lives in the Riverina region and has asked not to be identified, wrote the letter to Indigenous elders, including Gundungurra elder Aunty Sharyn Halls, and it has been passed along to local historians and the Australian Museum.
In the letter, he admits to creating the cave hand prints as a 13- or 14-year-old with his siblings about 1969. He apologised for the “fuss”.
“We loved Aboriginal culture and history and making the handprints was just another of our activities which imitated their culture,” he wrote.
“We ground some local red sandstone to make powder, mixed it with our saliva, rubbed it on our hands and simply stamped them onto the cave wall. I was amazed an expert did not realise they were not genuine as we did not stencil them, as Aboriginals would have, we just stamped them. We were not keen about putting the mix in our mouths, so we just rubbed it on our hands.”
The man said they had had “no intention of offending anyone [and] no idea what fuss it would cause 50 years later”.
“As kids we used to roam the bush enjoying its beauty and searching for signs of Aboriginal occupation. We made spears and even ground an axe head from stone.”
Ms Halls is the secretary of the Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association, which has an Indigenous Land Use Agreement over the site, and said the experts had “made a terrible mistake and not consulted properly”.
“They were so excited, they jumped the gun,” she said.
“The archaeologist [with Sydney Trains and the Office of Environment and Heritage] should have done her work properly.
“People jumped the gun. I drove 500 kilometres to meet this guy recently to confirm the story. Make no mistake this guy is the person who did it when he was a kid with his brothers.”
The artist said he spoke out as it was “important to maintain the integrity of registered sites and to have them verified by local Indigenous groups before being declared ‘culturally significant’ “.
He also apologised “on behalf of myself and my brothers … for any inconvenience suffered by local commuters and Sydney Trains staff” and hoped he had not offended any Indigenous people.
Sydney Trains media, which is handling the story, has refused requests by the Gazette for an interview with Office of Environment and Heritage staff or the archaeologist.
Last month, when asked about the artwork’s authenticity, a spokesman said he was not aware of the claim. But 24 hours later he told the Gazette: “We’ve just commissioned a report into the finding at Glenbrook.”
He said it would have an “Aboriginal Cultural Heritage assessment”.
The spokesman said the initial finding was “very much preliminary work. The last thing we wanted to do was blast away rock. We are going through the protocols … working concurrently with the Office of Environment and Heritage”.
The fake rock art, images of which have not been made available to the Herald, is not the same as the genuine artworks in the famous Red Hands Cave at Glenbrook.

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  • Jarrah 14/06/2019, 7:47 am

    A lot of the so-called “aboriginal” culture is fake, remember the Hindmarsh bridge fiasco a few years ago pertaining to secret Women’s business? So much is just made up, it’s all about other peoples money that may flow their way for no result. Think the defunded corrupt ATSIC for a start.

    • TommyGun 14/06/2019, 12:15 pm

      I remember how that slimy Labor turd Tickner jumped on the bandwagon and was later shown to be an absolute goose. He fell for the “Secret women’s Business” story.

    • Tony H 14/06/2019, 8:56 pm

      Correct. What an absolute farce that episode was. If we dig a little deeper on each issue we would probably arrive at the same conclusions. These left wing rabble rousing ratbags are so quick to accept everything stated by Aboriginal industry as true and correct and argue and denounce documented historically accurate history. Go figure! Shows what a lot of old bullshit the whole show is!

  • Tamworth 14/06/2019, 7:49 am

    Do the words, “culturally significant“ have any real meaning? Is it just not a blob word to be inserted to give a spurious air of scholarship? “Historically significant” I can understand.

  • Cliff 14/06/2019, 8:42 am

    I must admit I have a (more than) mini cringe every time I hear some bloke almost as white as I am quote the 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture ‘his’ people wear as some sort of mantle.

    I’m no anthropologist, but I’d say it would be a pretty safe bet to say that, if there have been humans here on this continent we now call Australia for 60,000 years, the most current mob (who were here when the Brits arrived) are relatively recent blow-ins, who killed off – to a man – those who were here before them; who killed off – to a man – those who were here before them; who killed off – to a man – those who were before them – ad infinitum, every two of three thousand years for all of those 60,000 years.

    ‘Dream Time’ is indeed an apt title for much of Aboriginal ‘history’.

    • Tony H 14/06/2019, 9:00 pm

      Not to mention there is no such thing as one Aboriginal culture. They were all different speaking different languages and different customs! I don’t accept the 60,000 year thing either. How is a culture able to exist yet not advance one bit in over 60,000 years? In comparison to other cultures! The Maoris, PNG, all the Islanders, Asia and Europe all had massive advances in the same period!

      • Neville 14/06/2019, 9:19 pm

        For the love of god, be careful NOT to say it’s because they’re intellectually inferior!!! /s

  • Lorraine 14/06/2019, 8:44 am

    50,000 years or 50 years, the expert seems to see it as meaningful, what a good joke, and the stupids all wanted to fall for the crap……significant really……

  • Jack Richards 14/06/2019, 9:39 am

    It’s amazing how much of this ancient culture isn’t ancient at all. There’s the traditional dot painting that dates back to about 1970; the welcome to country ceremony invented by Ernie Dingo in 1973; the stolen generation invented by Marxist Historian Peter Read in 1983; the secret women’s business that was utter nonsense; sacred water holes built by the USAAF in WW2; all the “first nations” stuff copied from the Indians and Eskimos of Canada; and the endless imitation of everything that comes out of the ghettos of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

    It’s surprising that the great artist, Albert Namatjira, never produced a single “dot painting” especially as the usual suspects would have us believe that it’s all part of a “60,000 year old” culture.

  • Biking Voter 14/06/2019, 9:39 am

    All these experts want their five minutes of fame, there is a similar event that happened at Wandandian, south of Nowra where some white blokes put hand prints an a rock overhang near Gnatilia Creek just off Gnatilia Creek Road. They too were claimed to be thousands of years old by an “expert” but were done in the early 60’s.

  • Albert 14/06/2019, 10:24 am

    I recall that a few years ago Morning Mail contributor Jack Cade did a lot of research into the Aborigine’s claim to being the first people and wrote a series of articles on the subject. Those articles should be rerun as they spell out quite clearly the falsehoods and myths of the ‘First Nation” nonsense.

    • Lorraine 14/06/2019, 10:56 am

      its a growth Industry, supported by Labor the Greens and certain peoples with in the Government………..looking good, a you handout another fist full of Dollars. to the Whinging 1st peoples.

    • Ex ADF 14/06/2019, 11:04 am

      Would be an interesting read. How about it Ed?

    • Tony H 14/06/2019, 9:01 pm

      The truth does not fit the agenda, as with all things to do with the left. Ever read ‘ Red over Black’

  • Thunder 14/06/2019, 12:08 pm

    Everything about the Abo “culture is invented baloney.

    They NEVER had a “culture” or even a “history”.

    They were and still are from the Stone Age.

    They haven’t moved forward for thousands of years.

    Just a Mob of Blow-ins from Indonesia from way back when.

    • Gregoryno6 16/06/2019, 2:35 pm

      They keep adding years by the thousand as if that means something.
      The latest count is 65,000 years of settlement if I recall correctly.
      They can rack the millennia up into the billions for all the difference it makes.
      In 5,000 years, humans outside of Australia went from building the Pyramids to putting a man on the Moon.
      65,000 years on the continent and… what?

  • Jack Richards 14/06/2019, 12:38 pm

    I’ve noticed recently some changes in “language” use by the usual subjects. I’ve heard them slipping from “oldest continuous culture” to “oldest continuous civilisation”.

    The bullshit piles up so quickly you need to sprout wings to stay above it.

    • Maryanne 15/06/2019, 8:59 am

      People who don’t wear clothes or live in houses aren’t civilized.

    • Gregoryno6 16/06/2019, 2:38 pm

      Sit them in front of Kenneth Clark’s tv series, then they can tell us what they’ve got that compares to it.
      Sneaky language, Jack. Like that obnoxious drummer who harrassed the Covington kids earlier this year. Called himself a ‘Vietnam times veteran’.

  • rob 14/06/2019, 2:32 pm

    What about the Bradshaw paintings that are rejected as cultural significance….or just rubbish by the current post Stone Age first inhabitants?

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