Have you been wondering about how our beautiful handcrafted trophies – that were presented last week to the winners of the Regional NRM Leadership Awards – were made? Well, you’re not alone. We have had a number of people asking us how they were made.
The wood trophies designed and made by Badimia man Vaughan Lane and Wilinyu woman Donna Ronan were made out of Mallee wood and are an example of traditional ecological knowledge in the Northern Agricultural Region.
Vaughan explained that there is a special technique used for looking for this wood that is passed on from one family member to another.
The process involves travelling to red dirt country after the white ants have had time to do their job hollowing out the trunk of the tree.
This technique of natural resource usage is also used to provide Aboriginal people with one of the world’s most ancient wind instrument’s, the didjeridoo.
NACC and Central Regional TAFE are extremely thankful to Vaughan and Donna for creating the beautiful trophies for the Regional NRM Leadership Awards.