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Do Do you have Indigenous studies for      homework….?

Here’s some background information …on Indigenous shelter and ochre painting…

OCHRE Painting

Brushes were made from tufts of fur or bark, feathers and sticks.

To make these ancient pigments stick to a surface honey or fig tree sap was used,
or sometimes just water and it was touched up regularly at ceremonies……….

Ochres have a long history with the human race still have very traditional associations
with Aborigine people going back hundreds of centuries in Australia.

Ochre is very important for body painting to this very day.
Aboriginal dancers and performers in the bush or in the city
still re enact ancient adventures of the dream time in their dances

Stencil art form was once practiced all over the world
Australia would have the most extensive stencil art sites.
Boomerangs, stone axes, hand signals, even animals were sprayed over as stencils.
These paintings on cave walls in ochre told stories, recorded history and declared ownership.
Simple line and dot paintings were used to record the many myths and legends of the tribe.
They could be interpreted but only the fully initiated elders knew the full story……
Figures and symbols were carved into rocks and cave walls by patiently tapping with a harder rock…….
And we still wear ancient traditional ochre designs painted on our bodies for ceremony and paint with ochres.


 ahumpy our-humpysmllr LEAN TO HUMPY S.E. QLD
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Humpies are Indigenous shelters made from natural materials..
Aboriginal tribes have specialised traditional humpies according to the locality and materials available.

Bark was used to make humpies to last a couple of days, months or years.
Often they would be decorated on the inside of the bark with ochres.
Those old people would use the same campsites over generations where there was a reliable food supply.

Tribes travelled with their most basic of necessities often leaving heavier items behind.. equipment not needed for the next camp etc.

Sometimes nets or stone tools were too heavy to carry and anyway the next camp had its own supplies so some things would be left in the old humpies till next season…

Bark was used by the non Indigenous people living in the bush well into the 20th cntury for walls and roofing and were the basis for many incidents…the taking of bark from Aboriginal huts and stealing their hunting tools… ..for a Nomad these stockpiles had accumulated in legends and song over generations and were priceless.

Humpybong near Redcliffe QLD. Australia is so
called because when the British abandoned the area in favour of Brisbane they left behind their empty huts. Aborigines called it Humpybong meaning dead humpies…(Bong – dead) Little did they know it would soon be their humpies that would be gone.

Aboriginal people lived and thrived on the land for 60, 90, 120 thousand years, older and older sites are continually being found and acknowledged as
Australians embrace their heritage.







  …….Shelter……..wurlie ……………….
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