For the first time in over 100 years, local traditional owners have made a single sheet bark canoe at a site nearby the Merri catchment. MCMC worked with many partners to support this project.
Traditional Wurundjeri skills and knowledge were revived and re-developed over two years (including stone tool-making workshops) and combined with modern methods. The eucalypt was carefully selected, considering its age and the trunk’s shape for suitability. Then a sheet of bark 3 x 1 metres was removed over four hours and slowly dried over a fire.
This was a strong culture building event for Wurundjeri, who had three generations involved in the October canoe-making day. The next steps are to make paddles, shape the dried canoe, and float it.