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This is the home of three major resources for worldwide didgeridoo players who are interested in yidaki and Yolŋu culture from Northeast Arnhem Land.

1) Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu Miwatjŋurunydja is THE comprehensive didgeridoo-didjeridu-yirdaki-yidaki information website made with Yolŋu People. It’s currently available in English, Spanish, Italian and French, with more translations underway.

2) Hard Tongue Didgeridoo is THE instructional recording in Yolŋu yidaki playing, made by Milkay Munuŋgurr. If you want to learn how to play how the Northeast Arnhem Land masters do, start here.

3) YiḏakiStory Blog
Randin Graves, producer of Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu Miwatjŋurunydja and Hard Tongue Didgeridoo, shares his own reflections, reviews and ramblings to help worldwide didjeridu players gain more insight into the culture that created the instrument from a fellow outsider who lived in it.

YiḏakiStory Blog • Didgeridoo-Yidaki & Yolngu Culture

Yolngu are People

Last week I traveled to Los Angeles for a rare opportunity to reconnect with some Yolŋu friends, Wukuṉ Waṉambi and Yinimala Gumana. They just reached the last stop of a 4-week trip to the United States to work with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Mostly, I wanted to see them and learn about the project they’re working on, …

Two Brothers at Galarra: A Case Study in Ethnomusicology Coming Full Circle, Part 2

This post, part 1 and the forthcoming conclusion are based on a paper presented on April 8, 2017 at the 2017 Society for Ethnomusicology Southwest Chapter Conference. The Music & Logic of the Film In Part 1, we saw how the film Two Brothers at Galarra came to be.  Now let’s break down the scenes and their …

Two Brothers at Galarra: A Case Study in Ethnomusicology Coming Full Circle, Part 1

This post, part 2 and the forthcoming followup are based on a paper presented on April 8 at the 2017 Society for Ethnomusicology Southwest Chapter Conference. Part 1 discusses how one American ethnomusicologist’s work inspired indigenous Australians to create a new work of art including four generations of their clan. Dr. Richard A. Waterman of Northwestern University …

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