Kombumerri Traditional Custodian Contributor: Max Dillon

This resource is related to the following Learning Areas –

And responds to the following Enquiry Questions –

Q39.Were there any parts of the Kombumerri country where people resided in caves?
Q62.What shelters do Indigenous people make and use?

Resource transcript –

There’s a few different ways to uh to to build shelters. I mean it and it all depends on the weather uh and how long you you your timing of camp. How long you gonna stay in the area and then there’s your more permanent huts in your shelters and your camps. You know what there is there’s there’s seasonal and periods where we’re traveling to your neighbour’s country or going to festivals or going to these big group gatherings, you very you pack very lightly you build very lightly. You wouldn’t spend you know 10 days in the bush building an elaborate hut for yourself. So it’s just very basic very simple keeps the weather out. You get a fire you fire at your front door and it’s just um you know that’s what you call a small gunyah you’re a humpy. And and with the the reasoning why you would have a much better permanent home, or structure, and you could either build it from stone or or or larger timbers from the bush and have you know like um you know like house 20 or 30 people in a home you know in a large dwelling. And that would be for your main camps your main you mean you know staying in camp like um around your agricultural areas. Around your fish you know your fishing villages those are your main huts your main dwellings everything else is just temporary and very small. And it would be it wouldn’t go without saying that caves and these type of shelters also provide good shelter from the weather and some of them can be permanent to uh casual dwellings.Depending on the country and and where you go traveling through. You know these um you know some some caves and some dwellings can be more permanent and you can you can see that with the evidence of of rock art and you know sort of the reoccurrence of of the time that’s spent there and the inhabitants of the area. And more of a also a bit of a learning place and you know uh places to come and and and and be taught things you know.