boomerang is a long range weapon of the Australian Aborigines and is also called Kylie (an Aboriginal word).
The oldest known wooden returning boomerangs were found in peat at Wyrie Swamp, South Australia, and are dated to be about 10,000 years old. There are
older rock paintings depicting boomerangs and it is probable that the Australian Aborigines first used the boomerang somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000
Australian Aborigines have been making boomerangs for a very long time - for hunting, tribal warfare and also as musical instruments in secret
ceremonies and corroborees.
Boomerangs are traditionally fashioned from Mulga or Black Wattle. A returning boomerang was made from roots of these trees which
already had the right shape. This is because the tips of a boomerang tend to break off when it hits the ground unless the grain of the wood follows
Different kinds of boomerang and their uses
boomerangs also called killer boomerangs - are larger and heavier and have a distinctive hook shape. They were used in tribal warfare and could
inflict serious wounds and they were also used to bring down medium size prey like wallabies, goannas etc.
For ceremonial purposes boomerangs were richly decorated with Aboriginal Artwork. Usually the decorations related specifically
to the corroboree or ceremony where the boomerangs were to be used.
In ceremonies, two boomerangs are hit together back to back like clap sticks producing a softer rhythm. Singers and dancers use
boomerangs or clap sticks to keep rhythm, while the didgeridoo player paints a musical picture to the story line... evoking animal sounds, the
wind in the trees etc.
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