(among Australian Aborigines) a piece of wood carved with symbolic patterns, used as a means of communication between communities.
- ‘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.’
- ‘From ancient times the message stick has been used in Aboriginal culture to call people from different tribes together.’
- ‘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.’