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.


  • 5x7
  • 6x8
  • 8x10
Currency Amount
AUD 25.00

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