Tool making

Aboriginal people used what they had to make their tools. We were lucky enough to witness two tool making sessions. Below is a step by step guide for making tools.

Prepare for your fire with two parts of the Belga tree. The Belga tree provided every need for the Aboriginal people. If need be, they could live off this one plant, for food, shelter, etc.

Clinton and Josh start the fire by spinning a piece of wood rapidly into the small branches and seeds.

This fire was a little hard to get started so Clinton helped it along.

The glue invented by the Aboriginals for their tools is said to be one of the strongest ever made. There are three ingredients in the glue; Resin from the Belga tree, Charcoal, and Kangaroo Poor. The three are crushed into a fine powder and mixed together.

Hold the stick over the flame until it turns to a dark color. Repeat rolling in the mixture and warming it over the flame until the mixture builds up into a sort of puddy on the stick. This process could take up to three hours depending on the size of the weapon.

When the mixture is thick enough add your shell or rock in and then continue to warm over the flame to set shell/rock.

Let the tool cool and harden and there you have it!



Aboriginal Art

. Aboriginal art paintings in rock caves date back to 20,000 years ago, making it the oldest living art tradition in the world. The art includes human, plant, and animal figures, and also abstract designs. The three main types of art are Dot Designs, Cross Hatching's, and Landscapes. Each Aboriginal tribe has their own view of "The Dream time." Dream time is the Aboriginal form of worship and belief. This is the story of the creation. For the Nyoongar people it is the Rainbow Serpent Dream time. Their name for the rainbow serpent is the Wagul. Most dream stories can take up to two or three days to tell.

Aboriginal Artwork

This painting is an example of a dot design painting. From far away the eye cannot see that the lines are hundreds of dots together. This painting represents a central meeting location in the center where the swirled circle is. The lines that run parallel along if are rivers or some sort of waterway. All of the little groups of u shaped objects scattered around are meeting circles of a group. While in New Norcia, our class learned how to interpret these paintings during our art lesson with Sheila Humphries.

This was a painting that we learned about at one of our lectures with Kim Collard. It is a modern work of art and it symbolizes Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals coming together. You can see the two sets of colored footprints blending in together. This symbolizes the people coming together and sharing the land all around them, which the swirls represent. The painting also represents coming together with heart, head and hands.

Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery is an authentic art gallery that we were able to visit. It is very important to only buy Aboriginal Art from these type of gallery and not souvenir shops, etc. These galleries give artists the fair price for their artwork. It is really about celebrating the art for it's true meaning.

Check out their web site!!

Here, Pete holds a bag from kangaroo fur at the gallery. This type of bag could be used for hunting or gather, basically anything it was needed for.