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Paddle for a double Bardi raft

Date: 1987
43 x 985 x 100 mm, 0.65 kg
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Paddle
Object No: 00006787
Place Manufactured:Australia

User Terms

    A wooden paddle made for the Bardi raft (00001700). These paddles are known as 'gambana'.
    The Bardi are the traditional people of the area north of Broome and parts of the Dampier Peninsular in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
    SignificanceThis paddle is representative of traditional watercraft implements of the Bardi people of Western Australia.
    HistoryTo the Badi, the double raft was known as kalwa.The travellers used single bladed paddles, gambana, such as this one, carved from native cypress or gudigudi.

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