Coolamons are carrying vessels used by the Aboriginal women of the central and western desert regions of Australia

varying in size and shape depending on their use they are carved out of the root section of gum trees, usually red gum or mulga. They usually have some type of design either burnt or painted that records the travels of ancestral beings.

Coolamons are an invaluable aid to a desert woman with the largest, a piti, being used to carry food, water, belongings, and babies. The smaller types a good for winnowing and sorting edible seeds and can also be used as a scoop for water or a practical digging tool.

Coolamon 01 by Michael Lyons
Coolamon 02 by Michael Lyons
Coolamon 03 by Michael Lyons
Coolamon by Michael Lyons