What are the Baiame caves?
Baiame Cave is an exposed escarpment of Hawkesbury sandstone, approximately 24 metres above the adjacent valley, on the western side of Bulga Creek, facing in a north-easterly direction, overlooking the Hunter Valley towards Singleton.
What is the story of Baiame?
The Baiame story tells how Baiame came down from the sky to the land and created rivers, mountains, and forests. He then gave the people their laws of life, traditions, songs, and culture. He also created the first initiation site. This is known as a bora; a place where boys were initiated into manhood.
Why do you think Baiame cave is a special place to the local indigenous peoples of the Maitland and Hunter Valley region?
Baiame Cave is of state significance for its association with the main figure depicted in the cave, believed to be Baiame, who is understood by some Aboriginal people across NSW to be the creator, the ‘Father of All’, the most important ancestor and law-maker.
Is there rock art at Uluru?
The rock art around Uluru is evidence of how cultural knowledge and Tjukurpa stories have been passed from generation to generation. The park’s rock art sites have many layers of pictures, symbols and figures painted on top of each other.
Can you visit Baiame cave?
Its Private Property, which there are signs so you need to go through the only person who is allowed to take people there. Do not trespass. it is a very interesting artwork and proves that aboriginal people were living here long before others.
When was the Baiame cave found?
Baiame Cave—The Place It was first recorded in 1893 by Robert Hamilton Mathews (1841–1918), a surveyor and anthropologist.
What does the word Wonnarua mean?
Wonnarua means ‘land of hills and plains’.
How old are the cave paintings at Uluru?
On land, the park is home to some of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal art. Paintings in all styles appear on sandstone walls throughout the gorge system and along the five-day Jatbula Trail. Believed to date back 40,000 years, paintings here recount Dreamtime creation stories.
When was Baiame cave?
Who was Biami?
According to Aboriginal writer Mudrooroo, Biami (or Byamee, Biame, Baiaimie, Baiame, Baayami, Baayama) is an Aboriginal ‘all-father deity’ which found its way into Aboriginal spirituality as a response to Christianity.