Framed Print Bantimita - Message Stick
- This design is symbolic of Aboriginal message sticks, depicted by the inscribed, interlaced message sticks across the artworks centre.
- At the top and bottom of the work we see country and dots showing the messengers journey in delivery of the message.
- Message sticks were commonly used by our ancestors as one means of communicating between different Aboriginal tribes and nations.
- Messages were painted and inscribed on a stick, which was then transported by hand.
- One who carried the message stick was traditionally granted safe and protected entry to other nation's territory.
- The messages inscribed on the stick (by painting, carving, burning etc) were primarily "prompts" for the messenger so that the message would be conveyed consistently to each different nation's elders.
- Typical messages would be announcements of ceremonies, disputes, invitations, warnings, meetings, events and happenings.