Summary

The Macassan pipe or long pipes known as pamutuka are used by senior men, and at times by senior women. It is one of three such pipes painted with the Mildjingi clan triangular design representing djarrupung or wet season clouds and all have bowls most likely made from bullet casings. The pipe was made to be used for smoking tobacco, which Yolngu were introduced to by the Macassans who visited Australia's northern coastline annually over some 300 years up until 1906.

Physical Description

A cylindrical piece of wood hollow in the centre and painted with natural pigments. A section of metal, possibly a bullet casing, is inserted into one end to form the bowl.

Local Name

pamutuka

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