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Knife with bullock horn handle


Knife with bullock horn handle

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Physical description

A knife with a rusted, shaped steel blade and bullock horn handle. The blade is held between two shaped pieces of grey-brown bullock horn and attached with metal studs. The blade has a straight top edge which is slightly thicker and a thinner curved cutting edge with nicks and scrapes from use.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of one dibble (or digging stick), four cardboard signs, two knives, the head of a small hoe, a cross-bow and arrows used by Chai Vang and Por Ye, Hmong market gardeners in Tasmania. The metal objects were made in Thailand by Chai Vang's father, a traditional Hmong blacksmith, and the wooden items and cardboard signs were made by Chai in Hobart.

Chai Vang and Por Ye arrived in Australia with their eight children as refugees from Laos in 1991. The family settled in Hobart, Tasmania within the small Hmong community that had established itself during the 1970s. In 2000 the family began to farm on several acres of land near Hobart and sell their produce at the Salamanca Markets. The Hmong market gardeners have become an important part of Tasmania's social, cultural and agricultural scene through their involvement with the Salamanca Markets and their willingness to share aspects of their traditional culture with the wider community.

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