Ironwood / Athenge (Casuarina equisetifolia)
An alye (boomerang) with the special shape of a Number 7. The #7 is known as the "Killer Bommerang" and is a weapon that belongs to men only. Traditionally they used to fight with them in combat, or use them to finish off a kangaroo if it is still alive after being speared. This Alya-irlpakerte was carved by Dean Oliver and is an individually hand crafted piece made from the roots of an ironbark / Athenge tree. It has beautifully shaped wood grain, as if the roots of the tree have been pushed together by the elements; it is curved both top and bottom.