TAG Games

TAGTraditional Aboriginal Games would like to acknowledge Domica Wescombe, Sarai Atkinson and for the extensive research that has been undertaken to gather the information needed for the sessions and resources that have been created. The above-mentioned people have worked together studying and researching a large amount of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games from their own areas through ancestors as well as researching many other areas of Australia. TAG would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the games and activities that are the foundation of this company. TAG’s resources and as a company is dedicated to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Some of the games we provide include:


The game is named after a South Queensland fishing hub that was a traditional meeting place for Aboriginal people on Stradbroke Island. ‘Jumpinpin’ was traditionally played to teach kids in their tribe how to spear fish. It was used to help learn skills for hunting, such as; aiming, communication and teamwork.

Marn Grook

In the language of Gunditjmara means ‘game ball’. This is a name given to many traditional recreational pastimes or games. Believed to have been played at gatherings or celebrations of up to fifty players it is a football game that featured punt kicking and catching of a stuffed ball. The games were played over a very large area and players who consistently exhibited skills such as leaping up over others to catch the ball were often commented on by observers.


This is a ball game played by the Kabi Kabi people of Southern Queensland. It was played with a ball made of kangaroo skin, stuffed with grass and sewn with tendons. They called the ball a ‘buroinjin’. Teams from different groups played against each other and it was often played until sunset. Spectators used to mark their applause by calling out ‘Ei, ei’.


This game comes from the Torres Strait Islands where players stand in a circle and sing ‘Kai Wed’ which means ball song. The aim was to try and keep the ball up in the air by hitting it with the palm of their hand. Kai is the name of a tree that produced an oval shaped deep red fruit that was very light weight when dried out, this was used as a ball.


A traditional aboriginal kicking and handpassing ball game played near Adelaide in South Australia. Parndo means ‘ball’ in the Kaurna language and this ball was made of possum skin which was flat in shape approximately the size of a tennis ball.


Played by the Walbiri people of Central Australia Weme is a stone bowling game where one player first throws a stone which is then used as a target by the following player. Players take turns aiming at each other’s stone.


A chasing/tagging game that originated in the Aurukun Aboriginal community and is still frequently played today in North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands. Edor is a word for ‘the running game’.


Traditionally played in the Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert areas of South Australia. Pulyugge is a keeping-off style game where players cannot be tagged while in possession of a ball that was normally made of animal skin, filled with grass and charcoal.


Played by the Kalkadoon people of North-west central Queensland. Played by both genders Keentan is a keep-away game of catch ball. The game was also known as ‘kangaroo play’ as the players jumping to catch the ball resembled movements of kangaroos. The ball was made of animal skin (usually possum or kangaroo) tied up with twine.


A fake trial fight game that was used to teach boys how to defend themselves. One player has a bark shield and must defend themselves from bark toy boomerangs other players throw.

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