April 4, 2018

Artefacts

Traditional Taungurung made many objects for hunting, fishing, shelter, battle and clothing. Many were made from materials that have degraded and disappeared over time, but in some cases the skills have been handed down through family lines and are still utilised today.

Wangnarra (Stringybark) was used to construct Yilam (shelters) or to weave Benak (baskets). Fibrous plants, such as Buarth (tussock grass) produced Burrt-tean (twine) for Garrt-girrk (nets) while other tree species were utilised for their timber to fashion Malgarr (shields), Gudjerrun (clubs), Wangim (boomerangs), Darnuk (water carriers) and Gurrong (canoes).

Pelts from the Walert (native possum) were sewn together to form Googarra (cloak), ideal for the often cold and wet conditions. A modern Taungurung possum skin cloak has been made by a group of Taungurung artists led by Mick Harding. You can read the story about the possum cloak at the Culture Victoria website here. Stone and wooden artefacts are still found today on Taungurung country. If you think you may have found a Taungurung artefact please contact us.