Clapping sticks are a traditional Aboriginal instrument, used for percussion during ceremonies and songs. Lots of Aboriginal nations have numerous songs and dances, so clapping sticks were used a lot. People often decorated their clapping sticks, and the symbols used had special meanings. Clapping sticks were often also used as digging sticks, making them particularly useful! In fact, lots of Aboriginal tools were used for more than one purpose, as they were very efficient in their use of resources. For example, shields used in warfare were also used as musical instruments.