Yingabeal: Indigenous Geography at Heide
- Heide Museum of Modern Art
- History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Yingabeal is the name of a scarred tree in the grounds of Heide Museum of Modern Art in the suburb of Bulleen, Victoria.
Before Heide became an art gallery, it was the home of John and Sunday Reed. They were patrons of the arts who arrived at the property in 1934 and created a place where artists could come to work. After they died, their house became the Heide Museum of Modern Art, a gallery
that displays Australian art, including the collection that the Reeds built up in their lifetime. But for thousands of years before the arrival of the Reeds, the land belonged to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Scarred trees are those that have been permanently marked by Indigenous communities using their bark to make tools or equipment.
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.