Axes made from greenstone were used to cut tree bark for making canoes or tarnuks.
The raw materials in Victoria were found in a place called Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (Mount William), meaning ‘home of the axe’ in the Woiwurrung language. Tribal groups living close to the greenstone quarry traded the stone with community groups all over Victoria.
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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.