Several indigenous cultures developed hunting and weapon tools which look like boomerangs. Called hunting sticks or kylies, they were heavier and bigger than boomerangs and not as flexible. They have been found in ancient Egypt, Eastern Europe and Australia. However, the curved throwing sticks were mainly used by the aborigines of Australia for hunting and warfare. Boomerangs as we know them today, were invented for sport, the returning boomerang. The name boomerang comes from the Turuwal tribe of New South Wales.
Complete instructions to use your own boomerang.
- How to throw a boomerang
- Types of boomerangs
- How boomerangs are made
- Why do they come back?
There are two types of boomerang, returning and non-returning. The returning boomerang was invented by Australian Aborigines thousands of years ago. Boomerangs have been found and carbon dating has proven that they are over 10,000 years old.
What is a Boomerang?
There are several myths and misconceptions about the origin of the word boomerang that needs dispelling. The boomerang is a curved, flat implement that is thrown as a weapon or for sport.