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Djiel Waark Firestick Tree

Daniel Kelly

archival digital ink jet print on cotton rag paper

60cm x 60cm


These images were prepared for Gumbadik, a photographic and language project achieved across four seasonal visits to Endeavour Fern Gully. A group of Baluk artists responded to the environment by recording it through a number of methods, then entwining traditional language into the imagery. The publication, Gumbadik; Place of Tree Ferns is available here.

The use of a Polaroid camera to take this photograph creates an old look to reference the past. Endeavour Fern Gully is one of the few known sites on the Peninsula for the Austral Mulberry, which is the tree traditionally used to make firesticks. Dan decided to use the local Boonwurrung name for this piece as passed on by Reuben Berg and the National Trust, and honour its importance to the local Boonwurrung/Bunurong people.

Ref: BADK385-20



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Baluk Arts encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, youth leadership, community development and Indigenous governance through innovative arts practice in a contemporary cultural context.

We are building a long-term and sustainable future for Aboriginal artists of Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and South East Melbourne with a unique model of income generation and employment for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centre. Baluk Arts develops artists’ reputation in the national Arts Industry and provides opportunities for artists to develop, maintain and extend their professional art practice.

Baluk is a local Boon Wurrung word meaning clan or extended family group. Baluk Arts currently benefits hundreds of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in the SE Melbourne region and is now attracting members as far as Geelong, Tasmania & Wonthaggi.

Baluk Arts is connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and artists throughout this region through art practice. The current active core group of artists of 25, is comprised of experienced and emerging Aboriginal artists producing a diverse range of visual arts including painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, jewellery, wooden artefacts, and ochre works on paper.

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