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bark dish

in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Pakanh

Bark dish, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, Sun Mar 16 1997 [PH]. A fifty cent coin occurs allows for an estimation of size. The Australian fifty cent coin is approximately 32 mm in diameter.

The bark dish is made from a piece of tea-tree (Melaleuca spp.) or stringybark, Eucalyptus tetrodonta, bark. The piece is oblong in shape and the ends folded up and fastened in place with a wooden spike (as in the accompanying image) or string.

This dish is primarily used for gathering and carrying foodstuffs (such as roots, or sugarbag honey and wax after harvesting it) and water.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.