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The yellow ochre finish is a distinct feature of this child's canoe.

Bathurst Island Indigenous Bark Canoe

Vessel Number: HV000159
Previous Owner:
Vessel Dimensions: 1.81 m x 0.34 m (5.94 ft x 1.12 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
The BATHURST ISLAND BARK CANOE is an Indigenous craft used in island waters off the coast of the Northern Territory. The outside is coloured with yellow ochre which is an unusual feature for an Indigenous craft. At less than 2 metres length it was probably a child's canoe.
DescriptionThe Indigenous canoe is formed from a single bark sheet, from an unidentified type of tree. The open ends are stitched together to close them off by forming a short double thickness flat panel. The sides are then opened out with short lengths of branch and bark lashings to form beams. These two beams, along with a third one placed towards the middle of the canoe, are lashed to two long branches that support the top edge on either side. These branches are parallel to each other and are also lashed or sewn to the bark. The branches form a framework that provides strength to the structure and maintains the craft's shape.

This vessel is on display in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, South Australian Museum.

Vessel Details
Current status:inside building
Current status:on public display
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:paddle
Hull material and construction:indigenous materialsnative materials
Hull shape:monohull
Alternate Numbers

External identification number: A33078

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