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jumalung (Platypus) Coolamon 2021 displayed in the Unsettled exhibition
jumalung (Platypus) Coolamon 2021 Gifted by 74 men as a representation of Yuin Garandgi land and lore from the timeless connection of spirit through Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Yuin Wood, stone, ochre, paperbark, resin. Australian Museum Collection Commission Image: Abram Powell
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Gifted by 74 men as a representation of Yuin Gurandgi land and lore from the timeless connection of spirit through Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison (Yuin), 2021
Wood, stone, ochre, paperbark, resin
Australian Museum Collection Commission


Bringing people together and healing

Smoking ceremony is a gesture of goodwill bringing people together and healing. There’s smoking when there’s a burial, there’s smoking when there is a celebration and there’s smoking for clearance and healing. So, it’s not just about lighting up a fire – sometimes it’s about how we light that fire and different leaves … different smoke and different wood for different ceremonies. It’s a gift and our people are offering this healing and this blessing. So just accept it and take a bit and just waft it around you. Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison (Yuin), 2021