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Meaning of Emu Callers

Emu callers are a musical instrument and hunting tool made from a hollowed-out piece of wood, often decorated short. They are about 30 cm long and look a little like didgeridoos.

The emu callers were traditionally used by Aboriginal people when hunting.  When striking the emu-caller at one end with the open palm it makes an unusual sound. This decoy attracts the bird away from its nest so that its eggs could be collected for food.