Tasmanian Aboriginal people would travel to the high country and meet at these cider gum sites. The trunk of the tree, if slashed, exudes a sap that ferments and was used by Aboriginal people in ceremony. Circular tracks were worn down, like moats, around these trees by many thousands of footsteps over time. Mick shows the tracks to these trees from different directions. The background of this painting was painted by the two daughters of the artist – Mikayla and Jess Quilliam. Mick says that this is an important metaphor for the passing on of this knowledge and for the future protection of this species.
Wikipedia reference to this highland eucalyptus is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_gunnii.