No 7 Kali
Known collectively as punu, the carvings of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have their beginnings in the Tjukurpa when the Creation Ancestors fashioned the first weapons and tools, setting down the laws and conventions of their design. Highly experienced craftsmen having grown up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of their fathers and grandfathers. The knowledge involved in this ‘men’s business’ is inherited and passed on through the Tjukurpa or traditional Law.
The Central and Western Desert kali or boomerang is a non-returning one and usually crafted from wanari, mulga wood. It is used for hunting and fighting but most commonly in pairs as a percussive instrument for inma or ceremony. Size and shape differ according to the individual craftsman.
“Watingku pungkula tjilpirpungkula kutjarara irira, ayi – mira mira wirura mulapa.” Anangu wati tjilpi
‘A man strikes and splits the wood in two, trims it back – exclaiming with pride – paying close attention to his expert crafting.’ Senior Aboriginal man
The “No 7” boomerang is a renowned fighting weapon capable of delivering a fierce blow unless deflected with skilled parrying of a shield. Highly sought after, it’s now rarely for sale.