Aboriginal People, Bridport

Ochre Bank near Bridport

Ochre was an important cultural resource for the  leenerrerter . Aboriginal women obtained and prepared ochre.   It was ground into a sacred powder and used for ceremonial  body and tree marking. It was also mixed with grease to  waterproof the body, hair and beards of the men.  Present day Tasmanian Aborigines still consider ochre to   be a special cultural resource.  Polelerwine  (red ochre) is  highly prized.