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Aspects of Koorie Life.
Scarred trees occurred when Aboriginal people, the Gunaikurnai, removed a slab of bark from a tree for various reasons such as to make bark canoes, shields, infant carriers, bowls and gunyahs (bark huts). Toe holds were cut into trees to make them easier to climb. This enabled the climber to reach higher in the trees to use them for look-outs and to hunt possums or collect bee hives.
To remove the bark the Aboriginal people would use stone axes to cut an outline of the shape they wanted to remove. The bark was then levered off in one big piece. If the bark ever broke or was split it would be useless, so great care and skill was required. After the bark had been removed, the bark sheet would be heated over the fire to allow it to be easily shaped.
There is a high concentration of Koori sites in Gippsland.We ask that you treat all sites along the Trail with respect and care. Please remember it is an offence under the Heritage Act to tamper with or remove anything from any aboriginal site.
Please treat all sites along the trail with respect and care to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Development of the Bataluk Cultural trail is a joint initiative of the Far East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Moogji Aboriginal Council, Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.