Elaine and Jim
The choice of the stockman invites us to look at the social history of the region in which Aboriginal people have been central to the pastoral industry for generations.
Objects used for hunting, ceremonies and everyday activities, including bush toys, have been collected and documented by field anthropologists, explorers and mission workers in remote Aboriginal communities since the early 20th century.
- Think about what the figure is wearing, does it give any clues as to where it comes from or what it does?
- Do you know what a stockman is? What do stockmen do?
- Create an animal or person using found and natural objects in your class room, in your environment, or at home. Can you change its appearance by decorating it with different materials?