An Aboriginal man climbs a tree with a stone axe
The man climbing the tree in the illustration is holding a stone axe created by binding a sharp piece of rock onto a strong wooden handle.
One of the ways that historians are able to identify whether a scarred tree is genuine, is by ‘toe-holds’. These are small notches cut into the bark of a tree that allows for easy climbing when cutting a tarnuk or a canoe. It was important to remove the bark in a vertical piece, rather than from around the circumference of the tree, a method known as ‘ring barking’ that can damage the tree.
Story education resources
Education Education Kit: Yingabeal: Indigenous Geography at Heide
This unit of work has been designed to fulfil the content requirements of the Victorian Curriculum (History) Year 7 & 8 topic entitled ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Cultures’. It focuses on the Scarred Tree at Heide Museum of Modern Art as a starting point for discussing concepts such as Indigenous geography and wayfinding, Indigenous customs and traditions, food and resources and the importance of preserving Indigenous artefacts and intangible heritage.
This education resource will assist students to develop their knowledge of Indigenous culture and the issues that threaten contemporary Indigenous heritage.