The Western Yalanji dendroglyph: the life and death of an Aboriginal carved tree

Buhrich, Alice, and Murison, Johnny (2020) The Western Yalanji dendroglyph: the life and death of an Aboriginal carved tree. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. (In Press)

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Abstract

Australian Aboriginal rainforest dendroglyphs are a rare and enigmatic cultural resource. Only twenty-three individual rainforest carved trees have been recorded, all in remote parts of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area which are rarely visited. The Western Yalanji dendroglyph is a near life size male anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figure carved into the trunk of a yellow walnut (Beilschmedia bancroftii) five metres above ground level on the Windsor Tableland, in the Western Yalanji estate. The Yalanji dendroglyph is a reminder of the vulnerability of rainforest dendroglyphs to natural processes. Inspections in 2015 identified significant fungal rot in the tree and by 2018 the tree had fallen. This paper documents the history, death and replication of the Yalanji dendroglyph by Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation.

Item ID: 62926
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-820X
Keywords: Dendroglyphs; culturally modified trees; wet tropics; Western Yalanji, rainforest Aboriginal culture
Copyright Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 02:01
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 25%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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