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100% Aboriginal Made 18" Returning Boomerang by Murruppi

Returning plywood Boomerang made and painted with Aboriginal designs by Murruppi, Daniel Murphy from the rainforest in North Queensland. His Father is from Ngadjonji and Mother from Djirrbal. He makes and paints these boomerangs himself and we purchase them directly from him. 

We sell so many boomerangs in the shop that it's not possible to put individual returning boomerangs online. Designs will be random. If you want a specific animal please email us and we will try and fulfil but cannot guarantee.

Length: Tip to tip 45 cm. Guaranteed to return. 

There are basically 3 types of boomerangs that are/were made and used by aboriginal people across Australia. These include hunting boomerangs, returning boomerangs and star shaped returning boomerangs. All tribes made and used the hunting boomerang, but, not all tribes made and used the typical returning boomerang or the star shaped hunting/returning boomerang. 

Returning Boomerang

V shaped boomerang. This boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. Usually about 16 to 20 inches (35 to 45 centimeters) long. Sometimes they may be smaller or larger.  The returning boomerang was not primarily designed for hunting as it is too light and wouldn't guarantee a kill. Rather, it was designed as a toy for young aboriginal boys. The toy would allow a youngster to practice throwing skills but still make it fun.

 Sometimes this type of boomerang may have been used for hunting. When hunting ducks, for example, nets were set up at either ends of a creek or river. A boomerang was then thrown out over the ducks which gave them a scare so that they took off up the river and flew directly into the nets. From there they were collected. At other times during the hunting of birds the returning boomerang was thrown horizontally along the ground into a flock, and, as they took off the boomerang would follow them into the air. This may or may not kill the bird and a harder way to hunt.


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