hand stencils

Hands on Rock is an Aboriginal stencil art site on top of the Great Dividing Range near Ulan in the Upper Hunter River Valley of NSW. It is located on the traditional boundary of the Wiradjuri and Wanaruah tribes and was a meeting place where ceremonies and trading were conducted between these tribes, the Kamilaroi and coastal tribes from what is now the Lower Hunter, such as the Worimi.

Stone, ochre, songs, ceremonies and dances were typical of the items exchanged at the site and indicative of the total integration of the cultural and commercial life of Aboriginal people. There was not the compartmentalization of activities that we see in modern Anglo based cultures.

The corroborees held here could number hundreds of people and depending on the occasion might include people from hundreds of kilometres around.