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Indigenous watercraft

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Australian National Maritime Museum (Managed by)
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Brief description

The ANMM collection of Indigenous water craft is a group of six commissioned craft from the 1980s and early 1990s, and related accessories such as paddles and rigs. The diverse collection includes a Bardi raft from north west Australia, a sewn bark canoe from Arnhem land, a sewn bark canoe and dugout canoe from Borroloola NT, a Mornington Island raft and a sheet bark canoe from the Murray River system. They are made from bark or tree trunks and limbs, with vines and other natural fibre bindings.

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Parts of this collection are digitised and available on the ANMM web site www.anmm.gov.au

Significance

Indigenous watercraft were a primary means of transport and fishing for Indigenous communities in many Australian and Torres Strait Island coastal regions and on major river systems over parts of inland Australia. Their construction has been practiced for possibly thousands of years and many individual types represent a unique Australian craft. They were a vital part of community life and the tradition of their construction and use was passed on as knowledge between the generations in each community. These craft in the ANMM Collection also represent the continuity of that knowledge in the present day.

Data time period: 1980 to 1990

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Spatial Coverage And Location

text: Murray River; Arnhem Land; Borroloola; King Sound; Gulf of Carpentaria

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