Australia And the Pacific (Modern World Cultures) by Elizabeth J. Leppman

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Their most famous tool was the boomerang, which was especially useful in the interior, where trees do not interfere. Boomerangs were made in several different shapes, only a few of them designed to return to the thrower. Some were for sport; others were for work. The end of a boomerang could also be used as a digging stick. 27 28 Australia and the Pacific The kind of shelter Aborigines used depended on local conditions. In the north, they needed protection from heavy rains during the “wet” (the area’s wet season).

As we have seen, in the late twentieth century, both Australia and New Zealand began accepting non-European immigrants to their countries. In both countries, the number of immigrants (those moving in) minus the number of emigrants (those departing) is about 4 per 1,000 residents. Australia has a somewhat more diverse population than New Zealand. Both countries have special relationships with the Pacific islands, allowing residents of those countries to come and go very much like citizens. Pacific islanders attend universities and have special rights to move to Australia and New Zealand to work.

Not only was the moa flightless, but it also was tame, as it had no natural enemies before people settled the region. Sadly, it was soon hunted to extinction. Growing familiar crops provided some challenges. New Zealand is colder than the tropical islands. Kumara would not Cultural History grow year-round. The people quickly discovered, however, that they could dig up the tubers in the autumn, store them in pits in the earth, and plant them again in the spring. Because the mulberry tree, which they had used to make tapa, or bark cloth, would not grow in New Zealand, the settlers learned to weave native flax for cloth, ropes, and baskets.

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