Australia's Aboriginal people have a strong material culture that is intricately bound to their ritual life and the methods by which it is produced haven't changed for centuries, although today "modern" materials are also used. In central Australia, everyday craft objects like boomerangs, shields and spears are made the old way and string, woven from human hair is important in ceremonial use.
Aboriginal art is justly famous, both in Australia itself and abroad. An example of the work of a Central Australian painter, Linda Syddick, is shown here as an example of the beauty coming out of a remote Pintubi community, Walungurru (Kintore), 530 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Please note that this may not be reproduced without permission of the artist. Women are active painters in various communities, producing canvases, always with traditional motives; community centres, like Warnayaka Art Centre in Lajamanu, arrange for dealers to buy these paintings to be sold in art galleries. And also when something totally new is done, as in the making of pottery (that was unknown in the "old days") the pots are decorated with traditional motives and paintings of bush foods and animals, as in the work by the women of Hermannsburg.
But, next to items for sale, like Central Australian "dot-paintings" on canvas, there are still items made for home use, like spears, boomerangs and shields made by the men in traditional communities.