‘Paperbark Country’

91 x 91cm

Acrylic on stretched canvas ready to hang.

This piece represents women collecting paperbark on Country. Paperbark has long been used by Bundjalung people and is a much loved, respected and important resource. The bark was collected during women’s business and used during and after childbirth. Afterwards the baby would be wrapped in a soft sheet of bark along with animal fur. The paperbark, along with other leaves, are also used for the smoking ceremony for the baby. The smoking ceremony welcomes the baby to country. The smoke is a blessing and will protect the baby and remind them where they belong. The smoking ceremony has been passed down thousands of generations and is one of the oldest cultural ceremonies in the world that is still being practiced today.


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