The Barmah Forest biganga is of signiﬁcance. The cloak deeply connects myself with my ancestors who used the same ochre on traditional cloaks over 150 years ago. The cloak tells the story of the Barmah Forest portrayed by the trees, who are spiritual ﬁgures and guardians of the Barmah Forest through ancestral, spiritual and cultural connections.
The deep red ochre signiﬁes to me the connection with the Red Gum Forest and its importance. The Yorta Yorta totem is depicted along with the two food sources of the people, the Murray Cod and the yabby (river crayﬁsh).
Treahna Hamm, 2007