'Bowl' by Dameion Kennedy
Dameion Kennedy - Traditional Paarkinti (Barkindji) -
Darling River People.
I have been making aboriginal
artefacts since I was 17 years old. Ranging from handmade burl bowls,
Didgeridoos, tapsticks, spears, etc.
Being a traditional aboriginal man, I enjoy making my artefacts as it is
my way of still connecting with the land. My ancestors have been doing
this for thousands of years, and although times have changed from then
to now, I feel being able to provide work is a gift and a talent that
relaxes me. Whilst making artefacts this allows me to take the time to
think of my ancestors and how they made and done their trading many
years ago to provide for their families.
My handmade bowls are made from a parasite that forms as lumps on the
sides of the big old River Red-Gums. By removing these it actually helps
the trees as it heals back over. All the bowls are different, there are
no two bowls the same so in purchasing one of these bowls you can be
guaranteed a one of a kind.
These bowls come from trees that are hundreds of years old, and for that
reason they are precious as they have seen and heard many stories from