Aboriginal Weapons Spears
Aboriginal weapon Spear throwers
Aboriginal weapons shields
Aboriginal shields are probably the most collectable of all the aboriginal weapons. This is because they are often covered in the intricate designs and show the highest levels of workmanship. There are seven main types of Aboriginal shield. These are covered in a separate article. There are two main category of shield. They were either designed to block projectile weapons like spears or boomerangs or they were designed to parry a blow from a club.
Aboriginal weapons Boomerangs
Many boomerangs were made predominantly for hunting game but some boomerangs were made specifically for Warfare. Most noteworthy are the number 7 or killer boomerang from Central Australia. It is designed to hook onto an opponents parrying shield and swing in behind it doing massive damage. The Lake Eyre fighting boomerangs that can be up to 2 mertres long and is used in close quarters combat.
There are 12 main catagories of Aboriginal boomerang. These are covered in more detail in my article
Three main catagories of Aboriginal Clubs were used in warfare. Throwing Clubs were used as lethal projectiles and made specifically to be thrown. Sword clubs are flat in profile and bludgeoning clubs. There is a large variety of Aboriginal clubs that are covered in a separate article from different regions. Aboriginal clubs vary from not very collectable sticks with a crudely cut hand grip to intricately carved weapons with wonderful forms.
Sorcery as a Weapon
In western society we do not think of sorcery as a weapon but in Aboriginal Australia it was deadly. There were many different cultural practises most of which are secret or sacred. These will not discussed here. Two well known weapons related to sorcery are the pointing bone and Kadiache shoes. Firstly the pointing boned if pointed at someone would cause them to grow sick and then die. Another weapon associated with sorcery is the Kadaicha Shoes. They are a stealth weapon which allowed the wearer to leave no footprints. A feather foot or Kadaicha man could enter a sleeping campsite, kill you and leave without a trace.