Aborigines on the Batavia River demonstrating the use of the Woomera, Mapoon, 1904

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Where: Queensland, Cook, Australia

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When: 01 January 1904

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Creator: Hermann Klaatsch.

Location: Mapoon, Queensland.

Description: The spear launchers are the broad bladed type, which have two purposes, one to launch spears and the other to use as a shield to deflect oncoming spears. The Yupungaith language name for this type of spear launcher is 'klaab'.
A group of young boys are demonstrating the use of the Woomeras, while three older men observe. Several young boys are sitting on the sand. One of the young men is wearing a sarong, as is one man standing in the background. Some of the boys are wearing knee length trousers with long sleeved shirts while others have shorts or short length sarongs.
This photograph was taken by German Professor Hermann Klaatsch, during his visit from 30 July until 2 August 1904. (Information about the spear launcher provided by Mr E. Busch).

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