Australian Aborigines: The Boomerang and Didgeridoo

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Australian Boomerang

Did you know that a boomerang was a hunting implement rather than just an aboriginal curiosity? I didn’t! We learnt all about the Australian Boomerang from this website which has multiple articles to read and explains that the hunting boomerang was used instead of a spear, and was effective within a range of 200 meters. T13 made a home made boomerang using card board and white gaffa tape:

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And tested it outside:

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It worked, but we did not have enough room to see if it would fully return, although there were signs it would:

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Australian Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument, otherwise known as a natural wooden trumpet. It is thought to be over 1500 years old. The following video was fascinating and it was hilarious when we all took a turn attempting to play it so it sounded like it had in the video. So hilarious, in fact, that I didn’t seem to have taken any photos of the actual practicing:

We already owned a didgeridoo which we found at a charity shop a few years ago. The little ones, not having a clue what it was, enjoyed hours of ‘play’ with it:

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And when they got dressed up, the didgeridoo was very much part of the whole ensemble:

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For lots more ideas for a unit study of the Australian Aboriginals have a look at my pinterest board:

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