Boomerang Aboriginal Australia


The rainforest provided material to make boomerangs – the buttress roots of a variety¬†of trees while the bush guava were used to make spears and the fig tree to make shields. Traditionally, most boomerangs used by Aboriginal groups in Australia were 'non-returning'. These weapons, sometimes called “throwsticks” were used for hunting a variety of prey, from kangaroos to parrots. A non-returning boomerang can fly in an almost straight path and fell a kangaroo on impact with its legs or a cassowary with a blow to the neck. Boomerangs can also be used to start friction fires, to make music for corroborees or for digging or wielding as a club as well as being used in hand to hand combat.

Returning boomerangs are better known. A returning boomerang is made so that, when thrown correctly, it spins in an elliptical path and returns to its point of origin.

Height: 190cm
Width: 89cm

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Dimensions 89 × 190 cm