Traditional Aboriginal Hunting Tool: The Boomerang

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Traditional Aboriginal Hunting Tool: The Boomerang

 

Aboriginal people have an intimate understanding of their natural environment – as evident in their stories, songs, dances, and artwork. Though Aboriginal people’s tools vary by group and location, they share common characteristics such as knives, scrapers, ax-heads, spears, various vessels for eating and drinking, and digging sticks.

In this post, we’ll be focusing on the most famous Aboriginal hunting tool: the boomerang.

There are two types of boomerangs:

  1. The Returning Boomerang.

Returning Boomerang

 

Arguably, the most iconic Aboriginal implement, the returning boomerang is traditionally used by coastal Aboriginal people to hunt smaller birds (such as ducks) and flying foxes. Its curved shape is designed to return it to its thrower, making it also an implement for sport and entertainment.

 

2. The Hunting Boomerang.

 

Hunting Boomerang

Bigger and heavier than the returning boomerang, it’s used to hunt larger inland animals, such as Kangaroos and Emus. Also unlike its counterpart, the hunting boomerang is not designed to return to its thrower. Instead, it’s used to take out the animals’ legs, forcing them to trip, giving the hunters time to catch up to it and use a special club, the nula nula, to put it to ‘sleep’.

At Waradah Aboriginal Centre, we carry a large selection of returning and decorative boomerangs. Made in Australia, our boomerangs are priced to suit all budgets.

Boomerangs on display at Waradah’s retail store.

In addition to the retail offerings, clienteles of our International Student and VIP packages, receive explanations on the traditional Aboriginal Implements and uses, including the boomerang. Following a brief talk on the beginnings of the desert, they will paint their own returning boomerangs.