TRADE / ART / MUSIC
Aboriginal group exchanged natural resources, such as ochres, and
tools, such as stone axes and boomerangs, thus creating extensive
trading networks. Goods travelled hundreds of kilometres from their
For example, boomerangs made in Central Australians would find their
way to Arnhem Land and the surrounding islands. Didgeridoos from
Arnhem Land would find their way down to Central Australia. Pearl
shells from the Kimberley were traded through Central Australia
down into South Australia.
Trading networks were frequently incorporated into formal exchange
systems. Large, gatherings of people came together for "exchange
ceremonies" where regional specialities were traded. Ritual
paraphernalia, sacred ceremonial objects , song verses and dance
styles were also passed on from one group to the next at such gatherings.