TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL FOOD-GATHERING : TREE-CLIMBING


People climbed trees for a number of reasons:

Throughout much of Australia, a small hatchet with a stone head was used to cut toe holds into trees to assist in climbing. In these photos, taken in the rainforests of northern Queensland, strong jungle vines (lawyer-vines or lawyer-cane) are used like ropes to assist climbing trees in search of both animals and native bee hives’ wax and honey.

 

Photo of a man about to walk up a Eucalyptus tree. Cedar Creek Photo of an aboriginal climbing a tree with the use of a vine Photo of aboriinal tree climber, resting Photo of an aboriginal man climbing a Eucaluypt tree

A man about to walk up a Eucalyptus tree. Cedar Creek.

Climbing with the use of a vine, he makes his way up the tree.

Now he is resting on the trunk of the tree. To do this, he winds the vine around his right knee to hold himself up, and secures the end of the vine with his big toe.

Using a vine like a rope, this man climbs an enormous Eucalypt tree to reach animals and bush honey. Cairns.



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