Aboriginal Weapons

First of all here are six main types of aboriginal weapons. These are spears, spear throwers, clubs, shields, boomerangs and sorcery. Aboriginal weapons are collectable and some can be quite valuable.
 
Collectable value depends on Age rarity condition and beauty.
 
Many aboriginal weapons are for hunting as well as warfare. A boomerang or spear and spear thrower can be use to either hunting game or fighting. Shields and clubs are probably for warfare.

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There is a vast variation in size, form, decoration and also function of Australian Aboriginal Weapons.
 
This variation reflects the social and cultural diversity of Aboriginal people. Australian Aboriginals had over 200 languages. In some regions large boomerangs were the preferred weapon while in other areas clubs and parrying shields.
 
Aboriginal feud and warfare is not covered in this article.

Aboriginal Weapons Spears

 
Aboriginals made spears from saplings or vines. A wooden barb or stone spear tip attached using kangaroo sinew or spinifex resin. The opposite end maybe tapered to fit onto a spear thrower. When completed the spear is probably between 2.5 and 3 metres long.
 
The majority of aboriginal spears are not very collectable because they do not display well but there is some notable exceptions. On the Tiwi Islands the spear has become a ceremonial object. It the most collectable aboriginal spear. The Torres Strait is the only part of Australia to have used a bow and arrow. Anthropomorphic arrows from the Torres strait are very collectable

Aboriginal weapon Spear throwers

The aboriginal spear thrower is an ingenious device that allows a spear to propelled far further than it could by hand alone. There were six main types of spear thrower in Aboriginal Australia. Details of Spear thrower types are in my article Aboriginal spear throwers. Many spear throwers used for hunting bigger game animals could also used in tribal fighting. Some spear throwers were even used to deflect incoming spears as well as throw them.

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

Aboriginal clubs

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.

Some Examples of Collectable Aboriginal Weapons