Didgeridoo is one of the oldest wind instruments in the world dating back as far as 40,000 years by some estimates. It is origins come from the Aboriginal peoples of Australia who use it primarily for ceremonies, dance and storytelling of the Dreamtime. The original keepers of the didgeridoo are the Yolngu people who live in Northest Arnhemland in the top end of of the Northern Territories. Their leader, Djalu Gurruwiwi is considered the prime custodian of didgeridoo. Djalu has been instrumental in helping to educate people about his culture primarily through sharing this instrument with balanda or non Aboriginals. Because of this sharing of knowledge, people can come to better understand and appreciate Aboriginal and other indigenous cultures from around the world. For more information on Aboriginal art and culture and current news you may visit Yirrkala.com
Here in the west, didgeridoo is primarily used as a solo and healing instrument. Because it is so new to us, we often see it as a curiosity. But as time goes on, we are beginning to see the many different facets as it finds its way onto recordings, the stage and in educational outreach all of which leads to a better understanding of the instrument and its origins.
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