LEILIRA BLADE MANUFACTURE: ABBY THOMAS

Leilira blade manufacture: Abby Thomas. This photograph was taken in 1986 at a blade quarry called Ipitjirintja. This is a pelican Dreaming site that also has associations with the fly Dreaming.

LEILIRA BLADE SEGMENTS

Leilira blade segments caused by the deliberate snapping of the blades as part of winnun. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

LEILIRA BLADE QUARRY

Leilira blade quarry called Kankiritja (or pelican landing place). Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

LEILIRA BLADE

Leilira blade. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  This is a Pelican Dreaming site called Kankiritja.

LEILIRA BLADE SEGMENTS

Leilira blade segments caused by the deliberate snapping of the blades as part of the winnun exchange cycle.

LEILIRA BLADE WITH BEES WAX HANDLE

A Leilira blade with a beeswax handle, 1985. This was made for trade and exchange. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  The rock is burnt to help remove natural micro-fractures prior to blade manufacture. This is an important Pelican Dreaming site and the firing of the rock is part of the Pelican History for this place.

LEILIRA BLADES

A selection of Leilira blades used for trade and exchange.  Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

ABBY THOMAS

Abby Thomas making a Leilira blade near Newcastle Waters, 1986. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  The rock is burnt to enhance its flaking qualities through the removal of natural micro-fractures. This is an important Pelican Dreaming site called Ipitjirintja (which is also a fly Dreaming).

LEILIRA BLADE QUARRY

Detail of Leilira Blade quarry called Kankiritja, near Newcastle Waters, 1986. The blades from these quarries are major items of trade in the winnun exchange ceremonies.

ABBY THOMAS MAKING A STONE BLADE

Abby Thomas making a Leilira blade at Kankiritja stone quarry, 1985.

LEILIRA BLADE MANUFACTURE: ABBY THOMAS

Leilira blade manufacture: Abby Thomas. This photograph was taken in 1986 at a blade quarry called Ipitjirintja. This is a pelican Dreaming site that also has associations with the fly Dreaming.

LEILIRA BLADE SEGMENTS

Leilira blade segments caused by the deliberate snapping of the blades as part of winnun. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

LEILIRA BLADE QUARRY

Leilira blade quarry called Kankiritja (or pelican landing place). Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

LEILIRA BLADE

Leilira blade. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  This is a Pelican Dreaming site called Kankiritja.

LEILIRA BLADE SEGMENTS

Leilira blade segments caused by the deliberate snapping of the blades as part of the winnun exchange cycle.

LEILIRA BLADE WITH BEES WAX HANDLE

A Leilira blade with a beeswax handle, 1985. This was made for trade and exchange. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  The rock is burnt to help remove natural micro-fractures prior to blade manufacture. This is an important Pelican Dreaming site and the firing of the rock is part of the Pelican History for this place.

LEILIRA BLADES

A selection of Leilira blades used for trade and exchange.  Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the Pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

ABBY THOMAS

Abby Thomas making a Leilira blade near Newcastle Waters, 1986. Important Dreaming histories are associated with the various trade goods. These stories travel with the goods as a part of the trade cycle called Winnun. Leilira blades are closely associated with the Pelican Dreaming. In the pelican Dreaming history, one blade on top of the other forms the pelican beak.

MAKING LEILIRA BLADES

Larry Brandy and Nuggett Collins burning rock to make Leilira blades, 1986.  The rock is burnt to enhance its flaking qualities through the removal of natural micro-fractures. This is an important Pelican Dreaming site called Ipitjirintja (which is also a fly Dreaming).

LEILIRA BLADE QUARRY

Detail of Leilira Blade quarry called Kankiritja, near Newcastle Waters, 1986. The blades from these quarries are major items of trade in the winnun exchange ceremonies.

ABBY THOMAS MAKING A STONE BLADE

Abby Thomas making a Leilira blade at Kankiritja stone quarry, 1985.