Didjeridu by Don Weluk

Didjeridu

Arnhem Land and the Top End of the Northern Territory is the traditional home of the didjeridu, the only wind instrument of the Aborigines. The trunk of a small tree, hollowed by termites is stripped and painted to make the instrument. Some times an exaggerated bell shape is hollowed out and beeswax used to smooth the mouthpiece. The longer didjeridu (an instrument over approximately 1.4 metres) is made for the accompanying of songs in either of two styles – the eastern bunggurl styles or the western kunborrk tradition. The longer Didjeridu makes it easier to produce the characteristic hooted overblown tone which is used in bunggurl style music from central and eastern Arnhem Land.

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