Teacher guide Yulunga: weet weet

TLF ID M006590

The throwing of the play-stick, commonly called the weet weet (‘wit-wit’) was a popular activity among Aboriginal people in some parts of Australia, and various contests were held. The weet weet was often referred to as the ‘kangaroo rat’, because when thrown correctly its flight resembled the leaping action of this small marsupial. A weet weet was like a giant tadpole. The tail was a flexible stick and in some types when it was thrown it was swung backward and forward and bent almost double. After being thrown onto (or through) a small mound or pile of bushes, a weet weet could: leap along in a succession of bounds; travel along the ground; spin in a ‘bouncing’ action as it turned end over end; travel in a parabola and strike the ground before travelling further; be thrown to slide along the ground (such as along a sandy beach). This is a throwing competition for distance and accuracy, using a club or pin to represent a throwing stick or weet weet. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture by celebrating the games that Indigenous Australians have been playing across the country for hundreds of years.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource combines curriculum principles and cultural traditions in sport-related activities for people of all ages. While ensuring the integrity of the traditional games it provides opportunities for traditional Indigenous games to become part of the school curriculum by acknowledging and incorporating the practices of Indigenous people from different areas across the country.
  • The resource acknowledges and uses traditional language names throughout.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History

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  • Author
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
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  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.ausport.gov.au/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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