Two wooden carved sticks.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musical instruments
History and use
Clap sticks are a traditional musical instrument used by Aboriginal people. The larger stick would be held in one hand, with the smaller stick held in the other hand and tapped against the larger one. These clap sticks were made in the 1980s by Russell Butler, an Elder of the Bandjin and Warrgamay people of the Hinchinbrook Island region.
Russell donated this item, along with a collection of other items, to the Queensland Museum Network in 1998, for the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibition held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (2000-2005).