Keelbundoora Scarred Trees and Heritage Trail

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Our artwork, by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, represents the Wurundjeri ‘Welcome Ceremony’.

The artwork depicts Manna Gum leaves used to smoke an area when visitors arrive. The smoke cleanses the area of evil spirits. The leaves have swirling lines showing that they are still green and their oils still present, promoting more smoke.

The central section of the work is the smoke 'spirit' that all people must pass through to be cleansed.

The background is symbolic of the glow of fires from the camp. The fire’s warmth and light is comforting for visitors.