With spectacular gorges,
deserts, salt lakes, caves and an astonishing variety of wildlife,
the Outback of Australia is one of the world's last great wilderness
areas. The landscape varies from region to region so we caoncentrate
on the style of the Aborigines - the first, nomadic inhabitants
of the Outback.
401-1 Dilly Bag and
Message Stick: Aborigine women wove bags from grasses to
carry fish and other foods. Men and boys carried sticks with
carved designs to other terrortories to deliver messages. An
identifying mark, such as a tribal design was carved into the
stick. Our bag is made from clay and oil pastels.
Pocket Pals: On a visit to
the Outback, you're sure to see a Marsupial; these animals carry
their young in a front pocket. Kangaroos are just one example.
This project is a fun way to remember this important attribute
of a marsupial while making a fun fabric purse for your self.
401-3 Aboriginal Oil Pastel: Aborigine paintings were
originally painted in the sand and only lasted until the wind
blew. This are form employs a basic set of symbols, such as
concentric circles and curved and straight lines. All are based
on the Aboriginal religion, the "Dreaming". Create
your own oil pastel in this unique and ageless style.
401-4 Aboriginal Punched Bolo Tie: Punched paper dots
are the paint for this original bolo tie. Learn some of the
Aboriginal symbols like: concentric circles for campsites and
waterholes; straight lines for routes between places; wavy lines
for rain or water: "U" shapes for sitting people,
and tracks for animal footprints. Also, animals are shown from
above, plants are stylized; and dotted backgrounds are traditional.
402-1 Crocodile Candles: Crocodiles are one of
the most well known inhabitants of the Outback. Create and decorate
a unique candle to light your way on a dark trek into the wilderness.
402-1 Hands On Project: Kids helping other kids through
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