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woomera

odhaw
othab or ujnyjimb
agalaw
akalab
thuule
ngolpon
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy
in Pakanh
in Wika 'Aya


Woomera, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, March 16 1997 [PH]. The woomera hook is at the extreme left end. This specimen does not have woomera shells. The Australian 50 cent coin, roughly 32 mm in diameter, allows for an estimation of size.

The woomera is a native spear thrower. It increases the torque in the arm when throwing a spear since it in effect increases the length of the throwing arm. Because of this a woomera increases the speed of a thrown spear and increases the distance it will travel.

A good woomera is indispensible when hunting game at a distance with a spear, including wallabies, emu, plain turkey, scrub turkey and geese.

One end of a woomera has a hook which the butt of the spear hooks into. The other end often has two woomera shells attached and fasted with bush wax, and perhaps decorated with giddee-giddee beads.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.
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