When we are talking about Australian souvenirs, a boomerang will almost always comes into mind. Most people, especially non-Australian, familiar with the V-shaped boomerang commonly portrayed in various media. However, this is not the only type of boomerang that the Aboriginal people have. In fact, there are three types of boomerangs used across Australia by the Aboriginal people.
You may want to buy Australian boomerang which comes in its common v-shaped, but it can be a good idea to introduce the other types of boomerangs too into your souvenir collection. But before that, let’s find out the purpose for each type of boomerang.
1. Returning Boomerang
This is the usual V-shaped boomerang which designed so that it will return to the thrower every time it is thrown. It is usually around 35 to 45 centimeters but can be smaller or larger. This boomerang is used as a toy for young boys where they can play and practice their throwing skills at the same time. If you want to buy Australian boomerang as a souvenir, this type can be the best choice.
The returning boomerang is not used for hunting because it is too light and will not be able to kill the prey instantly. However, when indeed used in hunting, it is only used to scare off the prey such us ducks so that they run into the desired direction where a net was set up beforehand. Although it may be able to be used as hunting ducks, this method is usually harder.
2. Hunting Boomerang
As its name suggests, this model is used for hunting and therefore, relatively bigger and heavier. It has a long curved shape and can range about 0.8 to 1 meter in length with 2 to 3 kilograms in weight. This hunting boomerang will not return when you throw it, however, its sharp edges can instantly kill the prey for food such as Kangaroo, wallaby, Cassowary, or emu.
3. Cross Boomerang
This type of boomerang doesn’t have the traditional v shape or curve shape like the usual boomerang. In fact, shaped like a cross just like its name suggests. It is designed for hunting but commonly used by people from Northern Queensland rainforest only.
Those are three types of boomerang you may want to know before you buy Australian boomerang. The three of them has a distinct shape and use and therefore, possess different story as well. Which shape that you find most interesting?