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Indeed, Napranum Elders who grew up in the Weipa Mission remember their parents collecting honey and exchanging this with the Missionaries who would place it into a tank beneath the Mission Superintendent’s house.
It was mixed with water as a cordial-like drink, and was eaten on porridge and damper every day.
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We are excited to announce the opening of our second Karadi site - Karadi Health Link on the 14th of January 2019.
In this post I want to outline the context and primary focus of the project, with another to follow on the methods and approaches we’re using as well as some secondary issues that we’re exploring.
‘Scarred trees’ are simply trees that have some evidence of scarring as a result of people in the past removing bark or wood, engraving designs or motifs or cutting into trees for various reasons, including to collect food.
There are a number of reasons we are interested in developing a technique to effectively date scarred trees: So, this week we’re trying to relocate scarred trees on Alngith Country that have been recorded over the past 8-10 years. Shiner 2010 Mission-Based Indigenous Production at the Weipa Presbyterian Mission, Western Cape York Peninsula (1932–66). Sugarbag is still collected regularly by local community members today, using similar methods to those used by their parents and grandparents.On western Cape York Peninsula, scars mostly occur on one species of tree — the Cooktown ironwood — which as the name suggests is a tree whose timber is extremely dense and hard and is well known to be quite difficult to cut.In the past few years, some Traditional Owners have chosen scarred trees of special importance and have placed these into monuments in the local area, in part to prevent them from being destroyed by mining (3).According to local Elders, there are several different types of scar tree.