Baskets made of twisted bark fibres.
Fishing nets made of twisted fibres.
Axe, made from stone and wood bound by fibres.
A nutcracker, used in Far North Queensland.
A fire stone.
An assortment of Noongar stone tools.
A grinding stone.
Did You Know?
A fragment of the world's oldest known ground-edge axe has been found in the remote Kimberly region of northern Australia.
The discovery pushes back the technological advance to between 45,000 to 49,000 years ago, and coincides with the arrival of people in Australia.
The fragment is 10,000 years older than the previous oldest known fragments found in northern Australia in 2010.
Nets, baskets and bags
The more tightly woven styles were made in the north and the looser stringed bag, popularly known as a dilly bag, was made in the south.
Hairstring was an important textile traditionally made by Australian Aborigines. People, particularly the women, cut their hair regularly using quartz or flint knives. This hair was never wasted. It was spun into long threads of yarn on a spindle rolled on the thigh and then plaited to about the thickness of 8 ply wool.
The string was used to make the head ring, for resting the Coolamon, headbands to keep the hair off the face, spear-making (securing the head to the shaft), and even balls for ball games. A general-purpose belt was also made, to hang things such as small game (like goannas) so the hands are fre on long walks and hunts.
The string could be dyed various shades using dyes such as ochre.In some tribes, adults wore a loincloth, which also hung from the waist belt. This was made either of the string itself, or of other material, including paperbark. In the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the men wore pearl shells, which they call Riji, and which are considered extremely sacred.
SOURCE: Wikipedia, "Australian Aboriginal Fibrecraft."
Throughout Australia, Aboriginals had over 200 different languages and 600 dialects, yet no written language. Communication of information to all these different groups was often through a message stick. Each stick was carved in a way that would help the carrier remember the message and prove to the recipient that the information was genuine. Message sticks meant that a complex or very long message could be communicated between people. This was supported by people who acted as 'diplomats' and others who were multilingual and used as translators.
SOURCE: Published on YouTube
Bunda tries everything to get his older brothers attention but all Bunda gets is his brothers anger and contempt. Will they ever learn to stop teasing each other and become friends as well as brothers?
Based on the much loved Australian children's classic by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins. My Place tells the story of the children who live in one place over 200 years.
SOURCE: ClickView, 2011. Rated G. [24.00]