Noel Butler

Noel Butler - Nudawang elder with sculpture

The Carved Tree

The Carved Tree, the most ancient art form of Indigenous Australia, signifies a special place – Burial Site.

The Goanna ( Barniga) symbolises a person’s Totem. The physical body returns to earth but the spirit travels through the tree fern from the earth to continue. The unfurling frond (crozier) is our symbol of birth.

Barniga person and spirit continues through life, learning to care for Country and all living things within equally.

West (Indigenous) and East share four concepts of living:
-Connection to Country
-Connection to family
-Belief system

All of these intact and maintained are celebrations of birth & life.