The Message Stick

The Message Stick – First Nations

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Welcome to the first instalment of our new regular feature, The Message Stick, in the Australian version of GSM. For tens of thousands of years, First Nations peoples commonly used message sticks as a way of communicating between different groups. First Nations people painted, carved or burned messages onto a stick, using symbols and imagery. They then transported the message stick by hand across long distances to the intended recipients. For GSM, the concept of The Message Stick is that the stick will be passed from speaker to speaker to continue our discussion about First Nations culture and traditional knowledge. These...

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