Join Date: May 2006
Jean, I live in Australia, and I have had a long,close and continuous association with a number of Koori people.
Regrettably none of my Koori friends has even a passable knowledge of most of their culture, including anything at all to do with their weaponry, in spite of the fact that a couple of them regularly use spears to take fish and prawns.
Cultural knowledge of any kind, relating to any culture is a very special field, and as such requires special education.
My friends have never received that education, instead their knowledge of their culture is a grab-bag of beliefs and stories, some of which seem to bear all the hallmarks of gubba origin.
Parallels may be drawn with other cultures.