Basket (jawun)

Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Bicornal bottomed woven basket with two handles.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basket
Measurements
L280 x W310 x D245mm
Media/Materials description
Natural Fibre - Plant
History and use
In 2016, the Queensland Museum purchased a collection of items from Jirrbal Elder, Dr Ernie Grant. The Ernie Grant Collection represents the cultural and social life of Ernie Grant and his family.
The objects in the Museum’s Ernie Grant Collection include boomerangs, shields, a ceramic shield created by artist Danie Mellor, firesticks, a shadow box and baskets – these are representative of Ernie’s wider personal collection, and document key moments in Ernie’s life and work.
Ernie is a Jirrbal man from Tully in Far North Queensland. He has worked widely across Queensland. In his early days, Ernie worked for the Railways, and for government departments controlling noxious weeds. From there, he worked in the timber industry in Papua New Guinea, and in 1991 joined the Queensland Education Department as a Cultural Research Officer based in Cairns.
Ernie’s work in the Queensland Education system has made a significant impact in the way language and culture are taught in the Queensland curriculum. He was instrumental in the development of holistic planning and teaching frameworks, for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledge in the education system.
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QE40770

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