Cloaks made from animal skins, such as kangaroo or possum, were worn by First Nations people in the coldest regions of the Australian continent. They are known by many names. In the Noongar language, kangaroo-skin cloaks are called booka.
From the mid-1800s, animal-skin cloaks were replaced by government-issued woollen blankets, which were dangerously inadequate in the cold, wet winters. Today, animal-skin cloaks represent the continuity of First Nations cultures.
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