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Welcome to the Yiḏ Blog!
This new addition to Yiḏ extends the discussion of Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu Miwatjŋurunydja with more personal thoughts and articles from Randin
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Bark Painting by Ḏuṉḏiwuy Waṉambi
Stringybark & Synchronicity, Renewal & Benediction
As I launch this new blog, I have to answer one question for both myself and you, dear reader. Why?
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Yirdaki Yidaki Yiḏaki Yiragi
Yirdaki, Yiḏaki, Yidaki, Yiragi. Let’s call the whole thing off.
Shall we look at the exciting topic of SPELLING? Have you ever wondered why are there so many different spellings of the
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Two Brothers - Nyepayŋa and Binydjarrpuma
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
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Two Brothers at Galarra - Ethnomusicology in Action
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
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Yolngu are people.
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.
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Bäpurru Header
Bäpurru – Death in Yolngu Culture
With the news of another death in the yiḏaki world, perhaps it is time to talk about death in Yolŋu
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Yolngu People 2 header
Yolngu are People 2: They’re not Clip Art
Pet peeve alert! I photoshopped it to remove and change details, but this appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. The
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Yolngu are People 2b: Follow-up
A long list of new topics awaits, but I feel the need to follow up on my last post and some comments/questions
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Two Brothers at Galarra: A Case Study in Ethnomusicology Coming Full Circle, Part 3
This concludes a three-part series. Read part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. Ethnomusicology Coming Full Circle – Success &
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Yidaki of the Month #1
Yidaki of the Month #1, July 2017: The First Yiḏaki I Ever Saw
People often ask me about the yiḏaki in my collection. Therefore, I bring you the first YiḏakiStory vlog and the
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Wukun & Randin
I Hit the Yidaki Jackpot!
UPDATE: Nine of the yiḏaki mentioned below are now listed with demo videos and all the details I have at
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Burrngupurrngu Wunungmurra
Leukemia Fundraiser for Yidaki Maker Burrŋupurrŋu Wunuŋmurra
Important Business First Fundraiser link – And that yidaki he’s holding in the picture above and in the fundraiser video?
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Milkay Mununggurr 1966-2007
Milkay Mununggurr • 1966-2007 • In Memoriam
Ten years ago, we lost a legend. He may not be a household name, but few people influenced the yidaki
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Djakapurra Munyarryun & I on ABC Radio Darwin, 2004
In late 2004, I made a trip from Yirrkala to Darwin to work with my master’s thesis supervisor at Charles
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Yidaki of the Month
Yidaki of the Month #2, August 2017: Cyclone Power
Keeping with last month’s tribute to him on the 10th anniversary of his passing, this month’s featured yidaki was made
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The Mulka Manikay Archives
The Mulka Manikay Archives
This post details the origins of The Mulka Manikay Archives CD series that documents songs of several Yolŋu clans of northeast
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Yidaki of the Month by Djalu
Yidaki of the Month #3, September 2017: by Djalu Gurruwiwi
Djalu’ Gurruwiwi made this yidaki in August 1999. I helped in between taking pictures for my website documenting my first
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Should Women Play Didgeridoo?
Women and Didgeridoo. Again.
Yes, I’m going there. The issue that won’t go away. And has no answer. Should women play didgeridoo? Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu
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Yidaki for Sale
Yidaki of the Month #4: October 2017, by Burrngupurrngu Wunungmurra
I’ve been stalling on this feature this month, hesitating about doing what I really wanted to. This is a non-commercial
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Deutsch Dhäwu Translation Up
I just thought I’d celebrate the launch of the German translation of the Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu, thanks to Ansgar Stein &
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The Art of the Didjeridu by Trevor Jones
A  Facebook post by Hollow Log Didgeridoos, one of the supporters of the Yiḏakiwuy Dhäwu update, nudged me to start
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Yidaki of the Month by Badikupa Gurruwiwi
Yidaki of the Month #5, November 2017, by Badikupa Gurruwiwi
This gorgeous Yidaki of the Month is one of the first instruments I bought upon moving to Yirrkala in 2004.
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Yidaki Technique - Murrkundi
Ever Hear This Yidaki Technique? Murrkundi
Here’s an unusual yidaki technique you may not have heard. First, we’ll listen to a track from Sandra Le Brun
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Yidaki of the Month by Buwathay
Yidaki of the Month #6, December 2017, by Buwathay Munyarryun
Buwathay Munyarryun, a Wangurri clan leader from Dhalinybuy, crafted this month’s featured yidaki in 2006. It’s warm and bassy, but
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Wandjuk Marika in Port Moresby – Didjeridu Solo
It seems odd, but yes, 1977 saw the release of a 7″ record featuring the late great Rirratjiŋu clan leader
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Dhalinybuy cd
Dhalinybuy CD – In Depth
Back in September, I wrote about The Mulkay Manikay Archives and promised to share more detailed information about the Dhalinybuy
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Yidaki of the Month #7, January 2018, a Bad Yidaki
I’ve shown you some really amazing yidaki over the past few months. How about a bad yidaki for a change?
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Gurrumuru CD
Gurrumuru CD – More Info
Last month, I gave you a mother lode of information about the Mulka Project’s Dhalinybuy CD. Documentation for the other
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Milkay Mununggurr Yidaki of the Month
Yidaki of the Month #8, February 2018, by Milkay Mununggurr
I love telling people this story, mostly so I can say the following sentence. This is the only yidaki I
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Yolngu Culture - Malk
Yolngu Mälk, or Skin Names
Didgeridoo players who visit northeast Arnhem Land or study Yolŋu culture at all invariably run into the complexities of Yolŋu
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Wandjuk Marika Plays Yidaki for Werner Herzog
In January, I posted a classic recording of the late Rirratjiŋu leader Wandjuk Marika playing yidaki. Thanks to equally legendary
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Yilpara Mulkay Manikay Archives
Yilpara CD – More Info
In January and February, I wrote about the first two albums I recorded for what became the Mulka Manikay Archives
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Djalu Gurruwiwi Fixing a Hole
Djalu’ Gurruwiwi – Fixing a Hole
Back in 1999, Djalu’ blew my mind with his ridiculously simple fix for a knothole in a new, in-progress yidaki.
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Yidaki by Djalu Gurruwiwi
Yidaki of the Month #9 by Djalu Gurruwiwi
Djalu’ crafted this excellent yidaki in mid-2004. I bought it for myself, but it became Djalu’s standby for a few
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Donald Duck in Arnhem Land
Classic Tracks: Comics Come to Northeast Arnhem Land
Let’s listen to some Djaṯpaŋarri. It’s a kind of Yolŋu music and dance which, according to ethnomusicologist Dr. Alice M. Moyle,
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Barayuwa & Gunybi in the USA
Just a quick heads up for anybody near Reno, Nevada or Dartmouth College. Barayuwa Munuŋgurr and Gunybi Ganambarr are traveling
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Didgeridoo Etymology
Didjeridu/Didgeridoo Etymology Debate
This post takes us out of yiḏaki country and therefore outside the main goals of this website, but I can’t
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