nigu and yapulam) were
a nutritious and tasty food.
Sometimes they were eaten fresh but usually they were cooked in the coals
at the edge of a fire.
Photo - Tony Irvine nigu
The framework for a mija, the weatherproof shelter that the Ngadjonji
built in their seasonal camps, was usually constructed from the sturdy but
bendable stems of jungganyu.
These main frame lengths were tied together using strips of split barrga
Leaves of jungganyu were often used as the final thatching cover of the
mija. (See Shelter)
Photo - M.Huxley yapulam
The distinctive finely-woven two-cornered baskets that were such a feature
of Ngadjonji life were woven from barrga,
was used to make the handles for the baskets. (See Basket
Other important uses of lawyer canes included making traps for eels and
other fish, the much-used turkey-traps (jimama),
handles for stone axes and the bindings for attaching axe-handles and
spear-tips. Paintbrushes, used for applying the coloured ochre patterns to
shields and message sticks, were made by teasing apart the fibres at the
end of a length of lawyer cane stem.