You're viewing this item in the new Europeana website. View this item in the original Europeana.

message stick

Incised bands around and tiny notch-like marks CULT Australian aboriginal: Yindjibarndi probably 19th century Fortescue River inland from about Mount Pyrton, Western Australia Message sticks are traditionally passed between different tribal groups and are called letters by the Aborigines. They record information, transmit messages and sometimes act as a "passport" for someone who might be outside his own tribal lands.