ABORIGINAL BODY ADORNMENT - 4

Headdresses
Elaborate headdresses are made from a variety of materials. Bucket-like and conical headdresses are manufactured from rolled-up paperbark, tied around with bush string, and painted over. Other headdresses consist of radiating sticks with feathers and down attached to their ends. All sorts of constructions are worn on the head. When they are very large, the hands are used to hold them and keep them in place.

 

A man from Atherton in northern Queensland wearing a parrot feather headdress, a mussel shell headband, a nose bone, a necklace with a pearl shell pendant amulet, and horizontal scars over his chest and upper abdomen. A leaf has been added to a modern leather belt for modesty.
From 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals.

Aboriginal body adornment

Aboriginal body adornment

Men wearing long conical headdresses, dancing with knees bent. Kimberley region, Western Australia. 1930s.
Photograph courtesy of the Battye Library, State Library of Western Australia

 

Kimberley Bent Knee Figures wearing long conical headdresses and carrying boomerangs and feather bunches.  
Photograph by David M. Welch.

Aboriginal body adornment

 

Aboriginal body adornment

Men wearing bucket-like or barrel-like headdresses, Brunette Downs, Northern Territory, 1935

Photograph courtesy of the Northern Territory Library, James S. White Collection, PH 290/77.

 

Similar bucket-like or barrel-like headdresses are worn by painted Straight Part Figures in the northern Kimberley, where the headdress is known as ngumuru.
Photograph by David M. Welch.

Aboriginal body adornment

 

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