Aboriginal Canoe Tree near Figure 8 Pools

Aboriginal Canoe Tree near Figure 8 Pools


So something just off the track, and quite easy to miss, is where the bark has been removed from this tree. This has been cut away with a stone tool by the Dharawal people to make a canoe. So you see lots of bark removed from trees, but to see something of this size – which is a good two and a half to three metres long at its longest point – that’s a canoe. You can see at the top there where they’ve hacked it away with a stone
tool. They’ve carved the bark off this tree with a stone tool and then they’d tie it at both ends and they’d keep sticks across it to keep it open, then they’d waterproof it with gum from the Xanthorrhoea and it’s a bark canoe, or a Nuwi. So when you see trees like this that have the bark removed – most of them are small for shields – but this one is actually a bark canoe.

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