Aboriginal Australian Alkwerte - Shield

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Jade Koekoe
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published on 21 December 2015

Collected by Museum Victoria in the 1950's from the Arrente clan/language group of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. An Alkwerte was used for a range of purposes: as a shield, to help create fire and in ceremonial performances. These shields are also presented to young men during Apwelhe (initiation).

This shield was made using bat's wing coral tree, ochre and natural pigments. (Aboriginal Cultural Centre - Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum)



About the Author

Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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