The young Noongar girls in the southwest of Western Australia had many games they played just among themselves because after a certain age they were not permitted to play with the boys of the camp. In one of their games, a piece of stick was placed on the ground to represent a nhoba (baby). Each girl had to defend her child from the wanas (digging sticks) of the other girls -- all of whom pretended to try and attack the nhoba. Wanas were thrown from all sides at the young 'mother', all of which she tried to fend off with her own stick. The mother held her wana between her thumb and forefinger, putting it over her head, behind her back, against her side, in whatever direction the missiles came, thus learning to defend her young ones. In real adult fights, women sometimes stood beside their husbands and warded off the kidjas (spears) of their enemies.
Before playing, our students were given a recount of the origins of this game. They were in awe of the women fighting alongside their husbands to protect their children. Storytelling always was and always will be a strong part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Let's not forget the generations who played this game, the stories told and the fun that's been had.