The piece of wood missing from the trunk of Yingabeal was most likely harvested from the tree by the Wurundjeri people to make a small canoe for fishing on the Yarra River - similar to the canoe pictured above.
The Yarra runs alongside Heide and provided water, food and transport to the Wurundjeri.
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.