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Whenever I go to Australia I try to buy a souvenir typical of the surroundings I visit. One of them is a product made of the Banksia Nut.
|Banksia Nut cone and flower in Queensland and avery small cone.|
The Banksia Nut is a cone of a bush. When the bushes have finished flowering the flowers look like spiky cones. After that they grow into a kind of wooden cones. There are many different kind of Banksia Nuts. In Queensland, where I found them, they were small, while in west Australia the cones are very big and therefore good enough to use them for all kind of objects.
|Coasters made of a Western Banksia Nut|
|Coasters, pencilbox and vase.|
I have six coasters made of Banksia Nuts , a vase and a pencil box.
The Banksia Nut is named after Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist of Captain Cook, who landed in Cooktown in 1770.
The bullroarer is an ancient ritual musical instrument and used as a means of communication over great distances. It dates to the Paleolithic period, being found in Ukraine dating from 17,000 BC. Anthropologist Michael Boyd, a Bullroarer expert, documents a number found in Europe, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Africa, the Americas, and Australia.
In ancient Greece it was a sacred instrument used in the Dionysian Mysteries and is still used in rituals worldwide. You handle it by revolving it over your head. I saw it being used in one of the Crocodile Dundee movies, where it was used to call the Aborigines from the neighbourhood.
Along with the didgeridoo, it is prominent technology among Australian Aborigines, used in ceremony across the continent.
Other musical instruments are the clapsticks.
The bottles with sand are filled near the beach of Queensland near Hopevale in an area called the Coloured Sands.