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Decorated knives and sheaths, c1900

This image shows five decorated stone knives and sheaths made by people of the Warumungu and Tjingali groups near Tennant Creek in central Northern Territory. The knife blades are three-sided and taper to a point. They were collected in 1901-02. Their average length is 20 cm long x 4 cm wide.

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'Jandamarra's boomerang', late 19th century

This is a boomerang painted with three oval markings. On one side is an old label that reads: 'Western Australian Boomerang called Kielie of curious pattern. This boomerang belonged to the black bushranger Pidgeon who was shot by the police on … the Lillemillora Gorge, Leopold Range. Rare Pattern'. The boomerang is 52.5 ...

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Rainforest blanket, c1928

This is a bark blanket from the Aboriginal people of the rainforest of north-eastern Queensland. One side of the blanket is decorated with symbols painted in red and black using natural pigments. Collected about 1928, it measures 79 cm x 114 cm.

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Ceremonial headdress, 1897

This is a ceremonial headdress of the Wangkanguru (Wonkonguru) people, believed to have been made in 1897 in the north-east of South Australia. Called a 'charpoo', its main features are tassels made of rabbit-tail tips attached to a string made of kangaroo fur and hair. It is 41 cm long and up to about 24.5 cm wide. It ...

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Message sticks: rich ways of weaving Aboriginal cultures into the Australian Curriculum

This is a resource about Aboriginal message sticks. Written by Narinda Sandry and intended for teachers, it describes how message sticks were inscribed with symbols and signs to allow messages to be understood by different Aboriginal groups and language speakers. It outlines the cultural contexts within which message sticks ...

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Vicki Couzens talking about the possum skin cloaks worn in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the possum skin cloaks worn by the Aboriginal Elders in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Vicki Couzens, the artistic director of the Possum Skin Cloaks Project, talks about how the cloaks were made and what they represent. As she talks we see footage of the designs on the cloaks, ...

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Aboriginal artefacts from north-western New South Wales, 19th century

This is a collection of 19th-century Aboriginal artefacts from north-western NSW, consisting of one unusual parrying shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs.