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 does not outweigh 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 only Projectile object.
  • Boomerangs found around the world have no significant attributes and continuous evidence and knowledge of such a creation to be classed as Boomerangs
  • Mammoth’s tusk vs Preserved Wood?
  • All types of Boomerangs, including projectile objects considered as Boomerangs, can 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 ancient creation. The focus is lost by this placement or attachment to a category. The Boomerang is unique, therefore also 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 unusual and inspiring throwing stick known to humanity. The mysterious information over the past decades about the Boomerang has produced no substantial evidence. The partial evidence does not overwhelm the demonstrated evidence aboriginal people have placed in front of us for ten of thousands of years.

Aboriginal people introduced the Boomerang to Europeans over 200 years ago. No European scholar wrote about the Boomerang being a commonly known object before then. The introduction of the Boomerang by aboriginal people is what inspired European scholars to study and write about the Boomerang. The knowledge gained from the aboriginal introduction of the Boomerang is what got us to where we are in understanding propelled 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 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.

Why were there Boomerangs in King Tut’s tomb? More than likely a trade happened sometime long ago. Aboriginal elders have told me how the ancestors saw ships coming to Australia even before 230 years ago.

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The extent of Boomerangs found in Egypt is but a sample of the collection of aboriginal crafted Boomerangs in Australia. Nowhere else will you see this “projectile object” master crafted.

Other throwing sticks that are suggested as Boomerangs have been found in India, Europe and 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 in Europe again only date back to around the time of Ptolemy IV or the time now known as Ancient Egypt.

Are most of these projectile objects really Boomerangs, or are they traded knowledge at some point in our human history? With all the suggestion at work here, nothing holds up quite like the continuous examples given in Australia.

Evidence in Poland

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Three decades ago, a throwing object suggested to be a Boomerang was found made from Mammoths tusk in Poland’s Carpathian Mountains. It was declared The world’s oldest boomerang, estimated to be up to 30,000 years old. This one time find, along with 30 years of suggestion seems to overwhelm the significant continuous evidence produced in Australia? Evidence still seen today that has also been demonstrated in the Boomerang’s specific and unique crafting passed on for tens of thousands of years. The Poland Boomerang is clearly a by chance designed throwing stick. It does not hold the same attributes as Boomerangs, nor is there any evidence of continuous use and production. Mammoth Boomerangs should be found commonly in comparison to wooden aboriginal Boomerangs.

We should have seen this tool well designed and advanced by the Ostrogoths and Visigoths if this was a common tool or weapon in Europe. The Boomerang would be seen represented as more than a picture in a Sumerian text or collection in King Tut’s tomb. There should be common practise 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 not produce metal as it is forbidden in aboriginal culture to rob the earth of the minerals. Not that they did not know of metal or gems, [Gems that were often used for magic] but to create metal objects continuously, would mean to rob the earth and break the Lore. The tiltle of the oldest Boomerang being found in the Poland that places a piece of Ivory 30,000 years old over a piece of 20,000 years old preserved wood, is a weak or lazy scholarly comparison and not worthy of such a title.

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. How many examples can we find of wood that are over the 30,000 years compared to pieces of Ivory still scattered on the earth without more of these lucky finds?

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 males 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 flies 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 gave the aboriginal mind 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 such 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.

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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

The unique and perfectly crafted shape of every returning Boomerang found crafted by aboriginal people demonstrates aspects of modern Aerodynamics that is rooted and deeply embedded in the culture. Planes are based on the asymmetrical lift principle of this ancient aboriginal invention today called “The Boomerang” This is generational knowledge and mastery passed on, you do not find the returning Boomerang anywhere else in the world with a demonstrated generational precision design.

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See NASA > https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/shape.html

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

Cultural Connection, Rock Art and Artefacts

Cultural Connection

Most Boomerangs are also used for spiritual and cultural practise. They are used in song dance as a musical instrument and also to tell a story. All Boomerangs have a spiritual aspect attached. The Cross – Boomerang was not for hunting, but used in order to pass on a story. Think of it like 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 viewer. 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. There is meaning and story behind that symbol. Aboriginal people have been making ancient tools for tens of thousands of years that all have 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 is 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. The dates for the unique Kimberley Gwion Gwion Art are still unknown. One thing the evidence now tells us, is that aboriginal people painted the rock art, not no foreign visitors. The same style of Rock Art has been found in places it should not be and only proves Aboriginal origin. These findings stand out just like the majority of aboriginal evidence does.

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

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

Aboriginal Farming and agriculture goes back over 30,000 years. The first Europeans who arrived in Australia landed on an Estate that could compare to any Royal or Lord’s garden in England. (The Biggest Estate on earth) Aboriginal grain farming and Bread making took place in Australia more likely before Europe and certainly before any great civilization in Egypt. Grinding stones found in Australia are of the oldest in the world. There are fish traps and water ecology sites known to be 50,000 years old. The mind to create the “Returning Boomerang” came from those who had been using the Boomerang continuously. The precision generational knowledge of this craft has never stopped. The evidence today of farming and agriculture points out that aboriginal people could very well have been using the Returning Boomerang for hunting Water Birds before 30,000 years ago.

Evidence now shows that aboriginal people already inhabited arid Australia and as far as the Flinders Rangers (South Australia) 50,000 years ago. Kakadu Western has one of the biggest collection of artefacts in the world with dates of 60,000 years old. Included is the oldest ground axe in the world. [Throughout Australasia ground axes are found at ages greater than 20,000 years; in Europe, Africa and West Asia, the oldest ground axes are 8,000-9,000 years old]

Aboriginal people are still here to tell their story today. The overwhelming evidence they have left behind clearly stands above a one time find in Poland 30 years ago. Findings of a piece of Ivory not a great deal older than the “preserved wooded Boomerang’ in Australia. Aboriginal people demonstrate the knowledge of creation and the full use of this ancient tool. A knowledge passed on through their DNA. The same DNA that inspired the Australian ‘Leonardo Da Vinci ‘ David Unaipon [The man on the Australian $50 note] This brilliant aboriginal Australian inventor 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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