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© Jemima Miller/Licenced by Viscopy, 2017


Date: 1993
Overall: 125 mm, 0.5 kg
Display Dimensions: 110 x 180 x 845 mm
Medium: Bark, string
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Jemima Miller
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Coolamon
Object No: 00016757
Place Manufactured:Borroloola

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    A coolamon made by Jemima Miller a-Wuwarlu, a senior Yanyuwa woman of the Mambaliya-Wawukarriya clan. Her country is Wubunjawa and Lurriyarri and her Dreaming is Kurkdarrku (Brolga).

    This coolamon is made by a single piece of nakulkarra bark (tea tree) from the teatree which comes from the lagoon area the Adala country. The bark is heated over a fire after being stripped from the tree which makes it possible to flatten out then reshape. It is then pleated to a point at each end and tied with string made from the mardadarki (kurrajong) tree.
    A coolamon is used for a variety of purposes including carrying food, water, children or as a cooking utensil.
    SignificanceJemima Miller a-Wuwarlu was asked to make these coolamons by the Australian National Maritime Museum in 1993 to illustrate what kind of tools and equipment were carried by people on their sewn bark canoes.
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