Wandjina Making Tools

$380.00

by Anna Morlumbun

58x38cm

Natural pigment on paper

A long time ago our ancestors traveled to a different country around the Kimberley. They had to prepare themselves with tools and make their shelter for their families. 

 

A long time ago our ancestors traveled to a different country around the Kimberley. They had to prepare themselves with tools and make their shelter for their families.  Some families traveled by canoe along the river banks or along the coastline. Others would travel on foot, making their own tools; for instance the women would make glue out of a red sap from the bloodwood tree and the namarrga (coolamon) to carry food and their babies also the women would make other items as well, like digging sticks, bush buckets to carry water or to carry warn (bush honey). The men would also make mila (spears).  They used the bees wax or spinifex seed to make nyumbula (bush wax). The men also made bush axes to cut down trees to make shelter and also dug out canoes to travel by water. They made grinding stones, shields, clubs and all other bush tools they needed to hunt  kangaroos, emus, goannas, fish and other animals with the help of our Wandjina.