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 and gathering food. 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.
Crafted at our local Native Creations workshop in Babinda QLD, they are handmade from Eucalyptus (box wood) timber, and hand painted featuring varied coloured backgrounds, symbols and patterns.