Australian Aboriginal artifacts

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An emu caller.

Australian Aboriginal artifacts consist the boomerangs, spears, shields, dillybags and other things Aboriginals had to carry around. Many artifacts were devised to address the harsh living conditions in the Australian environment.

The boomerangs could be used:

  • as hunting or fighting weapons,[1]
  • for digging,
  • as cutting knives,[2]
  • for making fire by friction and[3]
  • as percussion instruments - music sticks.[4]

Sometimes the challenge overwhelmed both the people and their tools, so they needed an input from supernatural sources. Art was the mediator of these forces, not l'art pour l'art, i.e art for art's sake - but practical strengthening of one's faith into oneself and the tool. Aboriginal art saturated these artifacts with sorcery and magic.[citation needed]

Even today, Aboriginal art is mostly sold as decoration on Aboriginal artifacts such as boomerangs, pottery, dillybags; on Aboriginal musical instruments: didgeridoos, emu callers, bullroarers and clapsticks.

See also


  1. ^ "Aboriginal Weapons". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Hunting Boomerang: a Weapon of Choice - Australian Museum". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Aboriginal Weapons". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Aboriginal Weapons and Tools". Retrieved 1 April 2018.

External links

  • Aboriginal art
  • Didgeridoo art
  • Aboriginal artifacts.
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