Photographer's Note

This is Red Hands Cave in the Blue Mountains National Park at Glenbrook. The cave represents the Oryang (name of local clan of the greater Springwood area) people. Their connection to country (Earth Mother) is shown through the ritual of spraying wet ochre out of the mouth over their hands to leave stencils. This was done only at the sacred site your spirit came from. It reinforced your connection and responsibilities to the Earth Mother of that land. On death their spirit could find their way back to this place then once sky bound their stencils could be used like a photo album for their descendants to identify them.

The hand stencils are between 500 and 1600 years old and made by the Oryang people who sheltered and hunted in the area. The cave was "discovered" by Europeans in 1913 and subjected to graffiti. The cave is now protected by a cage.

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