Bag - Kangaroo Skin

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Australia
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Description
Bag made from the skin of a kangaroo with orifices sealed with human hair string.
Measurements
L820 x W310 mm
Media/Materials description
Organic material
History and use
This bag was made by Aboriginal people for carrying water over long distances. The kangaroo skin was tanned with bloodwood gum and the orifices were sealed with human hair. These bags were popular around Boulia and towards the Northern Territory border. They were called Nilpa by the Pitta Pitta people in Boulia and Norlo by the Kalkadoon people to the north.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
E20543

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