Waiste Band Artefacts

Weapon holding waiste bands

As the people of Northam gathered in excitement at the upcoming opening of Bilya Koort Boodja, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people began to fashion tools in the ways of Aboriginal ancestors, for display. Using a mixture of modern and traditional methods, their work not only created artifacts which make for beautiful display items, but also helped keep Ballardong culture and creativity alive as younger generations learned the knowledge of their Elders. Among the many creations were these fur-lined waist bands. Traditionally, Aboriginal men would fasten such bands around their waist to tie weapons to their hips.

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Bilya Koort Boodja

Centre for Nyoongar culture and environmental knowledge

Bilya Koort Boodja is a bold and beautifully displayed showcase of the region’s Ballardong Nyoongar culture. In a region still bearing the emotional scars of the Stolen Generations, Bilya Koort Boodja...


Minson Ave
Northam WA 6401

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