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Firestick attributed to Lake Tyres, 1930s


Firestick attributed to Lake Tyres, 1930s

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Physical description

A wood firestick, carved and tapered at one end with two made darkened holes. Handwritten on the stick is 'No 362'. Attached to the stick by a brown elastic band is a pink label bearing the text 'fire lighting / stick / lake Tyers 1930's / made by'.

Statement of significance

This collection of 150 objects shows the agency of Indigenous people in designing and making 'tourist' artefacts and demonstrates their engagement with the non-Indigenous economy. It expands the NMA's collection of these often overlooked 'tourist, souvenir', Aboriginal objects.

The attribution of many of the artefacts in this collection to particular artists and places is a significant element of this collection, as artefacts by known artists are difficult to obtain, and are a useful means of giving agency to Aboriginal histories. The NMA has very few Indigenous artefacts with artists attributed to them.

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