Re: Crocodile Dundee Whirly Thing
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:14:43 -0400
On Tue, 28 Apr 1998, The Gillams wrote:
> Native Americans also have a toy similar to this that I have bought at
> Pow-wows. It is made from a light weight sanded wood and sinew. The wood
> is cut in an elongated picklish-shape with pointed ends about 7" long and 1
> 1/2" to 2" wide and a 1/4' thick or less. Make a small hole in one end
> attach a sinew cord about 42" long and tied to a small dowel-like piece
> about 2" to act as a handle. Hold the little dowel in your hand and swing
> the pickle-shape rapidly over your head. With practice you can get it to
> make a strange whirring sound like that in the Mick Dundee movies.
I guess I'm showin' my age again, but when I was a kid, you made a
bull-roarer out of any 3 to 6 inch piece of stiff tubing or pipe lying
around handy. You tied a piece of heavy cord to it and swung it in
circles over your head. WHERE exactly you tied the cord and HOW fast it
swung determined the sound.
If your leaders aren't tool-happy, you might want to look into PVC or
(No, we didn't live in the SW USA, we lived in the Valley of Virginia).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City