The Emu hasn’t posted for a while , a bit of the old age catching up and a touch of frustration with the changes from Windows spaces to WordPress, not to worry its a case of persevering.
For those that have followed the Emus blogs in the past you will know I have a great affinity with our Australian Aboriginal peoples and their culture , must run in the family as my younger brother Daryl has also.
We love exploring and documenting the ancient culture and traditions of our indiginous peoples , so here is a story that comes from the ancient lands of our Aborigines.
My brother came across an ancient Aboriginal camp in the Northern territory of Australia a while back and took a couple of pics of a simple structure that we could not evaluate in terms of its relationship to the Aboriginal people , this structure is a simple frame of rocks or flat slate built in the form of a simple hide that has only room for one.
Now knowing that our Aboriginal peoples followed a nomadic lifestyle the construction of a stone cave or hide did not go with their lifestyle.
My brother and I researched and endeavoured to explain this ancient construction to no avail, the final solution was to get the advice from those that would know, the Aboriginal people themselves.
Daryl located an old elder of the Aborigines who explained the phenomenon quite easily,
The pictures show an ancient Aboriginal method of a bird snare.
They built a brick grotto and covered the top with loose branches , nearby they lit a fire , they would then sit in the grotto and poke through the branches a stick attached to feathers and twirl it around.
The fire would draw the attention of eagles overhead and the feathers on the stick would bring the bird down to investigate where the Aboriginal warrior would reach through the branches and drag the bird into the cave .
An ancient method of Aboriginal bird catching techniques.