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Kodj axe made by Larry Blight, Albany WA

2016.0020.0004

Kodj axe made by Larry Blight, Albany WA

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Description

This kodj axe was made by Larry Blight, a member of the Minang community, in 2012. It is a traditional tool made only by the Noongar peoples of the south-west corner of Western Australia. The knowledge, materials and techniques used to make kodj are unique to this region. Dolerite flints are fixed to a wooden handle using an amalgam of ash, kangaroo excrement and Balga resin. One side is used for cutting and scraping, the other for hammering and pounding.

Physical description

A 'Kodj' axe with a stone head and a wooden handle. The handle is connected to the head with dark coloured resin. The head of the axe has a rust coloured substance on it which may be part of the resin.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises five handmade artefacts; two kodj axes, two resin samples, and a 'killing stick', all made by Larry Blight in 2012.

Larry Blight is from the Minang community of Albany, WA. He has spent significant time teaching Minang culture and practices such as weapon making in schools and universities. The knowledge, materials and techniques used in the making of kodj axes are unique to the southern Western Australian region. These items highlight the transfer of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next. They also represent Blight's work in communicating Minang and Noongar culture amongst the wider community.

Educational significance

Defining Moment: Archaeological evidence of first peoples on the Australian continent (about 20,000 years ago)
Curriculum: History
School years: 4, 7

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