TLF ID M006631
This game comes from the Aurukun Aboriginal community in north Queensland, where it is known as ‘bat and ball’. It is a modern game that has links to traditional hitting games of Aboriginal people in the area. It is the most popular of all the games played at Aurukun and can usually be seen being played at lunch time in schoolyards. However, it is usually played in the afternoons around the streets when it is cooler and the sun has begun to set. This game is outlined on the authority of Herbert Hudson and Stanley (Bo) Ngakyumkwokka, both students of the Aurukun Community School. In this bat-and-ball game players in teams take turns and attempt to hit a ball back and forth. 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.