The creation of the Boomerang is no mystery. Continuous significant evidence has placed the Boomerang in the hands of aboriginal people for over 30,000 years. Partial evidence and suggestion do not overwhelm the continuous knowledge of this ancient tool and weapon as seen “demonstrated” by the Original people of Australia.
  • The Boomerang stands above the title of just a Projectile object.
  • Projectile Objects found elsewhere around the world do not have the significant attributes to be classed as Boomerangs, and the people do not show the continuous evidence and knowledge of such a creation.
  • Mammoth’s tusk vs Preserved Wood?
  • All types of Boomerangs and many projectile objects considered as Boomerangs can also be found in Australia.
  • The number 7 Boomerang and returning Boomerang are unique to Australia, backed by continuous and demonstrated evidence.
  • Aboriginal people have a Cultural connection to the Boomerang
  • The returning Boomerang has been used for more than 30,000 years in Australia.

What is a Projectile Object? 

A throwing object. I always say [A throwing stick is a throwing stick, but a ‘Boomerang’ is a Boomerang] Many articles will explain this ancient tool and weapon by classing it as only a ‘throwing stick’. Doing so strips away the origin of this unique ancient creation. The focus is lost by this placement or attachment to a certain category. The Boomerang is unique, therefore has a category of its own. The attributes in order to make a “Boomerang” go beyond any other throwing stick created by modern man. If a Boomerang is just another throwing stick, then it is the most creative and inspiring throwing stick ever known to humanity. The mysterious findings over the past decades of so-called Boomerangs elsewhere around the world are never put in context nor confirmed by any substantial evidence of common use. Partial evidence and suggestion do not overwhelm the demonstrated mastery and embedded knowledge over tens of thousands of years by aboriginal people.

The Boomerang was introduced to Europeans over 200 years ago. No European scholar wrote about the Boomerang being a commonly known object before then. It was not spoken about or being studied around the world as if it was commonly known. Maybe a “projectile object” but definitely not the genuine design in what is called a “Boomerang” today. The introduction of the Boomerang by aboriginal people is what inspired European scholars to study and write about it. The knowledge gained from the aboriginal introduction of the Boomerang is clearly what inspired understanding the key principles of flight today.

Boomerang use around the world.

More commonly when reading about any ancient invention the first paragraph will more than often take us back a few thousand years with reference to Ancient Egypt. A highlight of ‘King Tut’ and the famous collection of Boomerangs found in his tomb is a shining example here.

The evidence of the human presence in Australia shows a culture alive almost 14 times before there was a great civilization in Egypt. Evidence that also illustrates and demonstrates the use of this ancient tool and weapon continuously over tens of thousands of years.

  • There are Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in Australia.
  • Coins found in Queensland that date back to the time of Ptolemy IV in Egypt.
  • Coins from East Africa found in the Northern Territory dated back 900 years ago,
  • Unique stone engineering was accomplished in Australia 45,000 years before there was an Egypt.
  • Stone carvings found in Australia were created 45,000 years before a Sumerian tablet text or Egyptian Hieroglyph was carved.

Could a trade of happened long ago between the Egyptians and Aboriginals? Possible, but who can conclude it did happen and when? 

So why were there Boomerangs in King Tut’s tomb?

 

Because they are not Boomerangs. To place these “Projectile Objects” in a category, they would be “Throwing Clubs” Not one of the Items has the attributes to be actually classed as a Boomerang.

Boomerang

Lets first look at the Dictionary’s Meaning

Oxford Dictionary – A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so that it will return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon.

Collins Dictionary – The Boomerang is a curved piece of wood which comes back to you if you throw it in the correct way. Boomerangs were first used by the people who were living in Australia when Europeans arrived there.

hmmm..The Dictionary meanings all seem to refer to the Returning Boomerang. A clearly Unique Boomerang, also uniquely from only in Australia.

Now let us look elsewhere

Australian Museum – The boomerang is one of Australia’s most unique and distinctive emblems. While most of us would imagine that a boomerang’s curve is essential for its flying properties, less well-known is that the surface shape of a boomerang’s arms are just as important.

The main technological secret of the boomerang is not its curve, but the surface shape of its arms. 

Wikipedia – A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat airfoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight. A returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting.

An airfoil-shaped body moved through a fluid process, produces an aerodynamic force. The component of this force perpendicular to the direction of motion is called lift.

See NASAShape effects on lift

Also, check out NASA’s new Aircraft Design below set to fly on Mars –

Mars glider

Read more here > This Boomerang-Shaped Aircraft Could be the First to Fly on Mars: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boomerang-shaped-aircraft-could-be-first-fly-mars-180955790/#UeKETMMW6Jj8mJQf.99

Noting the Attributes of the Boomerang 

(1) If the Boomerang is only a throwing object that returns than gyroscopic precession and Airfoil design are attributes needed. Can you see these attributes in King Tut’s Collection, do you think they would return?

(2) Airfoil craftsmanship is a key attribute in Boomerang design and flight. Can you see this major attribute in King Tut’s Collection, do you think they would propel and fly efficiently?

Critically, the projectile objects found in King Tut’s Tomb do not hold the attributes to be labeled as “Boomerangs” but Throwing Clubs.

The extent of projectile objects found in Egypt is but a sample of the aboriginal Clubs collection and genuine crafted Boomerangs in Australia. Nowhere else is there a “projectile object” collection quite the same.

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                                 South Australian Museum

The unique and perfectly crafted shape of every returning Boomerang crafted by aboriginal people demonstrates aspects of modern Aerodynamics that is rooted and deeply embedded in the culture. This is generational knowledge and mastery passed on through the culture. The returning Boomerang is unique to Australia, with demonstrated continuous generational precision design.

Other “Throwing sticks” have been found in India, Europe and have quickly had the term ‘Boomerang’ attached to them. Also, one used by First Nation Americans known as the ‘Valai tadis’ that dates back around 9000 years. Nothing quite as Ancient and diverse as seen by the Original people of Australia, and with no continuous use or advancement. Besides the highlight 30,000-year-old suggestion in Poland, the other finds of these throwing clubs in Europe again only date back to around the time of Ptolemy IV.

Evidence in Poland

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Three decades ago, a Projectile Object was found made from Mammoths tusk in Poland’s Carpathian Mountains that scholars declared The world’s oldest boomerang, estimated to be up to 30,000 years old. The Polish find does not hold the attributes to be classed as a Boomerang, also the possibility of breakage would make this only a single or twice used item. We should be finding many other examples of these Mammoth Tusk projectile objects if they were common craft? This one time find, along with 30 years of suggestion, seems to have overwhelmed the significant continuous and demonstrated evidence of genuine master designed Boomerangs by Aboriginal people in Australia passed on for tens of thousands of years. The Polish item is clearly a by chance designed throwing stick. It does not hold the same attributes as Boomerangs, there is no evidence of continuous use and production. Mammoth tusk is much easier to find in comparison to wood.

We should have also seen this tool well designed and advanced by the Ostrogoths and Visigoths if this was a common tool or weapon for Europe. The Boomerang would be seen represented as more than a suggested picture in a Sumerian text or collection in King Tut’s tomb. There should be common practice and well-designed examples of the Boomerang being found in Europe and elsewhere, even made from Bronze and Iron, all through the stages of human history. Aboriginal people did use metal as it is forbidden in aboriginal culture to rob the earth of the minerals. Aboriginal people did know of metal and gems, Gems were often used for magic, but to create with metal continuously would mean to rob the earth and break the Lore. The title of the oldest Boomerang in Poland is not worthy and incorrect. Placing a 30,000-year-old piece of Ivory over a 20,000-year-old piece of preserved wood is a weak or lazy scholarly comparison.

These suggested Boomerangs pop up out of nowhere and are never found again. The Boomerang is such a unique craft, why would you not advance and embed the creation of such a unique projectile object into your culture if you were the indeed the inventor?

Substantial Original Australian evidence of creation, innovation, spiritual connection and continuous use.

The Boomerang is a traditional tool and weapon that carries many different aboriginal names and stories. Their substantial evidence of creation and use stands well above Boomerangs found elsewhere. The culture is still alive today, and the people are still here to tell their story.

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Corroboree’ in the late 19th century (Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW – GPO 1 18775)

Creating the first innovation of propelled flight.

Boomerang types

All Boomerang types can be found in Australia. You can not find a collection that demonstrates such ownership and such precision crafted generational knowledge of an object. The Oldest Boomerang so far found is just over 20,000 years old made of “preserved wood” and luckily found in a swamp. 

Majority of Boomerangs in Australia were used for hunting or combat, but also for cultural practice, this includes the returning Boomerang which was also used for hunting and teaching. (Not only a toy) Taking the time to create a Boomerang with absolutely no hunting, combat, or cultural use would be pointless to the Original wood and Stone craftsman of Australia.

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Image attribute the South Australia Museum

Hunting Boomerangs (Including the returning Boomerang)

Most Boomerangs do not return. Club Boomerangs had different uses and designs but are still simply a throwing stick in comparison to highlight Boomerangs like the Returning Boomerang, Killer Boomerang, and Hook Boomerang, all are crafted with a unique design. The Aboriginal male’s arsenal of Boomerangs is like any gun users choice or preference, or any Samurai’s collection and connection to his blade.

The Killer Boomerang does not return but was used mainly for hunting and the most common traded across Australia. The Aerodynamic design of this Boomerang propels with force and precision and could kill an animal, break a leg, but also fly higher than the Hook Boomerang. The Aerodynamic design of the Killer Boomerang is what showed aboriginal people the blueprint for the Returning Boomerang.

The Hook Boomerang (Number 7 Boomerang) originated in the Centre of Australia and only traded out to certain other surrounding areas. You do not find examples of this craftwork anywhere else in the world. Also not a returning Boomerang, it is, however, the most dangerous Boomerang of them all. It propels with such a force and precision that no animal, aboriginal person or their shield can block/stop the whole effect of its impact. Also used in combat, this Boomerang is a “deadly weapon” Many people are willing to pay a high dollar price to get their hands on a “real number 7 Boomerang” An essential to any collector of historical “modern man-made weapons”

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Traditional Number 7 Boomerangs are rare and are not easy at all to make. The process is one that could also be devastating to the country if attempted to be mass-produced today.

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Traditional making of a number 7 Boomerang > https://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/karli-jalangu-boomerang-today/clip1/

Returning Boomerang

The returning Boomerang was also used for hunting, however not an impact weapon, but a tool of fright that would help trap prey by illusion. Commonly used for hunting Water Birds, in N.S.W aboriginal people used Fibres from the bark of plants like the Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus) to make nets for bird traps. They would tie the net across a river or stream, then fly the Boomerang over the top of a flock of birds. As the Boomerang would hover in the air it would create the illusion of a Hawk flying above, forcing the birds to fly down into the net.

picture attribute Australian National Botanic Gardens

Cultural Connection, Rock Art and Artefacts

Cultural Connection

Most Boomerangs are also used for spiritual and cultural practice. They are used in song dance as a musical instrument and also to tell a story. All Boomerangs have a spiritual aspect attached to them. The Cross – Boomerang was not for hunting, but used in order to pass on a story. Think of it as a prop in a play. The prop helps to explain an important aspect of the story with drama so to have more impact on the audience. The idea of the Boomerang was originally given to aboriginal ancestors through the culture and lore itself and is told in stories and lore across the country. The connection of the Boomerang to aboriginal culture is like a Christians connection to a wooden cross. The symbol has meaning and story. Aboriginal people have been making ancient tools for tens of thousands of years, and they all have a spiritual and symbolic meaning.

‘Cross Boomerang from Cairns region’ Attribute Australian Museum

Aboriginal culture has a narrative and connection to the “non-physical” that overwhelms many non-indigenous, including European science. The lore also contains verses that sometimes defy the known religious views imbued of understanding the “non-physical” today. Aboriginal spiritual healing and magic are more than often passed off as ‘Hocus Pocus’  ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ superstition etc.

A spear or Boomerang is not an Original or does not contain real power if it has not had elements of lore spiritually placed into it. Paintings and carvings on objects or even methods of craft also explain spiritual connection and story, These objects are something not obtained just by the amount of money you pull out of your wallet, but something you learn and can only be given by aboriginal people.

“Our Original crafts are being exploited at such a high rate today, You can consider all the Boomerangs, didgeridoos etc you buy in the shops fake unless you are buying them from aboriginal people”

Rock Art

With over 100,000 rock art sites across Australia, more than anywhere else in the world, Boomerangs are well illustrated. There are also many unknown or not seen rock art sites. There are paintings of Boomerangs at sites that have been dated over 50,000 years old. Dates for rock art sites in Kakadu are still being determined after decades of research. Many academics suggest they are the oldest examples of rock art in the world.

There are battle scenes in Rock Art that depict Boomerangs. Rock Art in many areas are still yet to be determined after years of research. The dates for the unique Kimberley Gwion Gwion Art are still unknown. One thing the evidence now tells us is that aboriginal people painted that rock art, not no other foreign visitors. The same style of Rock Art is still painted today by the traditional people of the area and has now been shown to the western world in other extended areas confirming their Aboriginal origin.

There are depictions of Boomerangs in Arnhem land N.T, In Carnarvon Gorge Qld and many more sites across Australia that clearly shows the connection the Boomerang has to the Original people. Petroglyphs sites across Australia that predate Sumerian tablets or Egyptian text up to ten times also hold images of Boomerangs.

Aboriginal people are still here today to explain their stories, tools, and weapons.

Farming and agriculture in Australia go back over 30,000 years. The first Europeans who arrived landed on an Estate that compares to any Royal or Lord’s garden in England. (The Biggest Estate on earth) Grain farming and Bread making took place in Australia before Europe and the Great Civilization of  Egypt.

Aboriginal people already inhabited arid Australia and as far as the Flinders Ranges (South Australia) 50,000 years ago. Kakadu Western Australia has one of the biggest collection of artifacts in the world with dates of 65,000 years old. 

Aboriginal people are still here to tell their story today.  Knowledge has been passed on through their DNA! The same DNA that inspired the Australian ‘Leonardo Da Vinci ‘ David Unaipon [The man on the Australian $50 note]  brilliant aboriginal Scholar and inventor who had the concept of the Helicopter two decades before others based on the Boomerang.

Further Sources:

http://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/earliest-evidence-of-the-boomerang-in-australia

https://www.nature.com/articles/329436a0

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-02/indigenous-rock-art-could-be-among-oldest-in-world/6906476

https://www.griffith.edu.au/research/impact/rock-art

Research History

http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/archaeologists-find-world%E2%80%99s-oldest-ground-edge-axe-in-australia?fbclid=IwAR3an5HAq3yrSSmvBO6ibV3zkdfq2QysYeIIq4RJ8vVpdX8-KsjQorDp7wM

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13041243-the-biggest-estate-on-earth?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21401526-dark-emu

https://thewest.com.au/news/the-kimberley-echo/researchers-join-balanggarra-people-to-look-at-rock-art-ng-b88617226z?fbclid=IwAR1ukfGDwF1O9YBWNAqggr1VTqcQmnq4C7SSxZ0rqnkJcx4GZNge2IbwLwg

https://www.nature.com/articles/nature20125

Cover photo from Karli Jalangu – https://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/karli-jalangu-boomerang-today/clip1/

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2 Comments

  1. That Polish item looks more like a digging stick. Would shatter if thrown and landing on hard ground or rocky ground.


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