Sunday, 1 June 2014

Boomerang Painting


The purpose of the boomerang in the Aboriginal life was for “hitting the target”. In the event of this not happening, it landed back in the “general direction” from which it was thrown, providing nothing “got in its way” in the meantime. Aboriginal people possessed few tools – the ones they had, were put to good use. Primarily, the boomerang was used by the men for hunting animals, as was the digging stick used by women for food gathering.
There was a second use for the boomerang – fighting.  Shapes differ, from the familiar “pointed” shape favoured in the Northern Territory to the type used in the Kimberley - with one side being much shorter than the other (the long side equals the throwing side which is held by the user.) Right and left handed boomerangs were always made – the back of the boomer is flat and the top side very often slightly “rounded”.
Then there is the No.7 boomerang – shaped exactly as its name. Again, this was used for hunting, but was never made to return to the user. The point was meant to stay in the targeted animal until the hunter arrived on the scene. These boomerangs were also used extensively in aboriginal ceremonies, as were other boomerangs – for example, boy’s initiation.
They were used as musical instruments – rhythm section as with singing sticks – particularly for corroborees (Joonbas).
Because our boomerangs are individually hand crafted, no two will be exactly the same. We can present on our site images of the types of boomerangs we have – if you order two, you will see the difference, yet the similarity will be apparent as to the intended use.  (info from Artlandish)

Personalities imerge ..............

Looking at my 3 children's painting of their Boomerang speaks volumes to me about their personalities,one is straight to the point, no mucking around,plain and simple.  Another, likes a little expression, but then not too sure, and lastly a little more 'pretty' but still 

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