What is a Coolamon?

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Coolamon is a bowl (a curved wooden tray) which has been used by many Aboriginal tribes especially the women as a gathering tool.

Coolemon is primarily used as a dish to hold food, in the case of deep Coolamon, it can also be used as water carrier or even a rocker for putting babies to sleep.



Coolamon can be an oval cut-out of bark of some trees or a chunk of trunk or root of some trees that is scooped out by Aboriginal men or women. Box tree, Gidgee tree (some Acacia species), red gum tree etc. are often amongst the timbers used in coolamons.

Waradah’s gallery sources authentic Aboriginal artefacts, including Coolamon. Our senior performer and songman, Peter Williams carves out coolamons from fallen timber he finds in the Blue Mountains.

The patterns, burnt onto the surface with a hot wire represent the rough and smooth rocks found in Peter’s tribal land.

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