Definition of message stick in English:

message stick

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noun

(Among Australian Aborigines) a piece of wood carved with symbolic patterns, used as a means of communication between communities.
More example sentences
  • Symbolism in Aboriginal culture is used in a variety of ways to communicate ideas - making informal markings on sand to illustrate a story; inscribing message sticks with symbols to transfer news between groups.
  • Message sticks are an important part of traditional Aboriginal culture.
  • The students of each of the schools will, with the help of a visiting Aboriginal Artist, paint their reconciliation symbol on the Message Stick Stand.

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