These two sticks are irregular in shape, and the bark has been peeled off to reveal the wood beneath. The sticks are rounded at each end and dipped in red earth coloured paint and decorated with a collar of white dots.
Bilma clapsticks are percussion instruments dating back thousands of years. They are traditionally made from local hard eucalyptus wood. Bilma are used in the Aboriginal corroboree ceremony where participants interact with the sacred Dreamtime through dance, music and costume. When you strike one stick against the other a harsh rapping sound is made. The sound of the sticks punctuates the rhythm of the dance or the story in the song.