Nummerak - Ngunnawal for wattle
Wattles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
We have much to learn from the first Australians who experimented with and used acacias growing around them.
Through trial and error over the last 50,000 years or so, indigenous Australians developed detailed knowledge about which acacias they found best for particular uses.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations used acacias routinely for a very wide range of purposes: from food and medicines, to utensils such as digging sticks and barbs, weapons (clubs, shields, boomerangs, spear throwers, spear shafts and heads), for musical instruments such as clap sticks; firewood, ash, glues, string, dyes and waterproofing, sandals and head decorations, ceremonial items and seasonal signals. And this knowledge was taught word-of-mouth from generation to generation for tens of thousands of years.