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Storm x Broncos traditional gift exchange

The tradition of gift exchange has always been an important aspect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Exchanging gifts is a mark of respect and an acknowledgement of culture and family history.

Melbourne Storm will offer cultural tools known as 'Boondi' to the Broncos before Thursday night's game.

Hand cut and crafted by Kabi Kabi man and co-founder of Yarn Bark, Alex Splitt explained the significance of the gift.

"The most common name for the tool in Victoria is Boondi, however they are known by many different names across Australia - sometimes Waddy or Nulla-Nulla," Splitt said.

"This cultural tool is traditionally used as a digging and hitting stick, often while hunting to bring down large animals.

"The Boondis are made from red box wood, collected from Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

"The process to make a Boondi involves stripping off the bark to expose the hard wood beneath and filing the root system to create a rounded end."

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.