#SolidScience – Aboriginal Tool Making

Much like many other ancient civilisations, Aboriginal people used tools to perform everyday tasks.

All this traditional technology was made using natural resources in creative ways. Many dating back thousands of years to help Aboriginal people with the harsh conditions of everyday life in the Australian outback. 

Flaked stones were often made to be used as spearheads or as small knives to cut up meat or skin animals to use the fur as clothing, containers, or decorative items. Flaked stone tools were made by hitting a piece of a stone with a larger, harder stone. To attach the stone as a spearhead, Aboriginal people had to get a resin from porcupine grass and grass trees, heating it over a fire to create a sticky black substance and binding the two together as the resin cooled. This resin was also used to make axes and spear throwers.

Western Mulga Ranger Wayne Dekker with collection of traditional Aboriginal tools.

Baskets were another integral tool in the everyday life of the old people. They were made by weaving native grasses, and used to carry food and other items. Boomerangs were another hunting weapon used. Pretty famous throughout the world the Boomerang originated in Australia from Aboriginal people. Mostly used as hunting weapons, musical instruments and even toys.

Many of the inventions used reveal a deep understanding of science and technology. Like most great inventions, these were simple solutions from material close at hand.

Taj Mamid – Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program Administration Support Officer

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