Australian Aboriginal use of Spinifex resin technology

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Spinifex resin is a thermoplastic bio-molecule used extensively throughout Australia by Aboriginal people. Both men and women are involved in the processing of the resin. In addition to its more common use as an adhesive for repair and hafting purposes, spinifex resin is also used as cladding in shelter construction and it can be shaped into objects and ornaments for sorcery, ceremony or for personal adornment. While the processing and use of the spinifex resin by Aboriginal people is falling, scientific interest in the resin is growing among university academics and industry groups due to the unique physical and chemical properties of the resin. Here you can see the processing of the spinifex plant, the collection of the tiny resin beads, its heating and compaction into a solid lump of resin with a hot stone, and finally its use in hafting a stone tool. Now that you have a little insight into Australian Aboriginal science and technology, how would you boil water without a kettle, stove top, electricity or a metal container? Comment and be in the running to win some cool prizes! -------- -------- ------- -------- -------- ------- -------- -------- Follow and like us on Facebook, one standout didgeridoo given away each month until the end of 2014 simply for being awesome and for watching our videos, 7 superlative didgeridoos to give away in 2014 :) Subscribe to the iDIDJ channel:

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YouTube Medical School WorldOrtho : Great video. Thank you for producing this resource about our great Aboriginal Culture.

Rodrigo Viterbo : nice images. is it usable for mouthpiece making?

nikolay kravzov : +...

Thomas Burnett : There's so much out here to know.

Danielchai S : A spark might fly to the vulnerable private part.

ukidding : that was a fantastic discovery.. fancy making a resin from a plant... v resourceful

Modig Beowulf : Interesting stuff.

Mysterious Box : Definitely gonna use this epic tip! thanks!!

Ed Bighead : Genius

LerksInOne : im from redfern

Herbert A Ritchie : Better than handle on boy they made handles to make life easy. Just as simple this just another handle. Ya think

Suka Humor : hidden more technologi from aborigin

jack william : I thought spinifex resin was just code for booze...

Kids These Days : sweet

Ann Marie : Isn't flies going to bite their bodies. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

christopher valauri : What is the name of the documentary this is from?

Ryan Bannerman : He runs H wing now

ethan sellus : good for arrows

PR0GRAMMING : Very interesting. Never seen this kind of technique before.

Ralph : I wouldn't call that a "very effective" dagger

Alfa Painting : good job

Mkhaann Khaann : C We

Eternal Champion : I saw this on an outtake from the movie A Quest For Fire.

lumberjack : -very effective-

Delawrence Mitchell : Old time gospels

TheStormcrow22 : What boulder...where?

Mr. Sludge BURNER : Prob make a mean dildo with that

Zorgoon : Marvelous

TKW Arab Channel : Hello....

Angela Kelly : 0.4 Is is 3

nikki : Nice vid

fordge mustang : Just a note . You should warn people that there images of deceased people as it's considered taboo to see the faces of those that have passed on . Thanks

Syeda Bukhari : Thx nice video

weird science : Resin 😁

Mohamad Ch : πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺ πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ”«πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘πŸ—‘

Lanla Colan : natural plastic

omly85 : I hope this type of technology is manufactured by Australia and not sold to multi-nationals for a pitence of what it's worth long term...This really could end our nasty dependency on oil based plastics.leave it to the worlds oldest tradition to invent natural plastics...Thank you for sharing.

M B : Get back to me when they put a man on the moon or split the atom.

animagi : this would be an interesting mechanism in a realistic survival game

Jose Lebron : TodavΓ­a miseria en Australia.

raju basfor : sss2d

Keewee Froot : I was originally scared to click on this video because of racist comments but I see most of the people here have dignity and maturity

John Smitherson : Damn..

David Boson : ahahahah TECHNOLOGY ahahahahahahah

None Ya : Wonder if it can be reheated to be remolded. πŸ€”

Jhone Viko : Australia is killed aborigin etnis

Quetzalcoatl : Can you make a cup or spoon out of it since he said it's like concrete when cold? Amazing. The possibilities seem endless. You can make your face mask from a clay mold. This way you can record history.

Kushitic African Son : We also Africans do like that

Rabie Alkurba : What are you talking about