Men and boys with dugout canoe, Cairns, 1890

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When: 01 January 1900

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Creator: Alfred Atkinson

Location: Cairns, Queensland.

Description: Four men sitting on a Square-ended Dugot canoe also known as an Outrigger Canoe. Three men with traditional scarring. In this photograph you can see headbands, a pipe, an arm band [armlet] and two young boys. A woven fishing basket is sitting near the dugout canoe stabilizer.

According to Cairns Reginal Council the land was originally the home of the Yirrganydji people-an indigenous rainforest and coastal culture belonging to the Djabugay language group of Far North Queensland. Yirrganydji territory comprised the coastal strip of land between the areas now known as Cairns and Port Douglas, including Freshwater Creek and the Barron River.

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