This week we got to paint boomerangs. Before we did that, we watched a video on how the Aboriginies make boomerangs. The video was filmed in 1988 and can be found on youtube. The title is Making Boomerangs the Mudburra-Jingili Way. It is quite good, in my opinion.
Then the students started painting their boomerangs. Because our classes were cut short a week, they did not have the chance to actually shape their own boomerangs. I shaped them, primerd them and put a base color paint on the. The students selected the color they liked and proceeded to decorate them in whatever manner they wanted. They proved to be up to the task. Here are some examples.
They spent a lot of time painting so we ended class with another Aussie song, ‘Old Man Emu’ by John Williamson. (also on youtube) I am pretty sure the students now know that an emu can’t fly, but it can run the pants off a kangaroo.