Didgeridoo painted - ADD 836
The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia potentially within the last 1,500 years and still in widespread use today around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe".
There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo's exact age. Archaeological studies of rock art in Northern Australia suggest that the people of the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory have been using the didgeridoo for less than 1,000 years, based on the dating of paintings on cave walls and shelters from this period. A clear rock painting in Ginga Wardelirrhmeng, on the northern edge of the Arnhem Land plateau, from the freshwater period (that had begun 1500 years ago) shows a didgeridoo player and two songmen participating in an Ubarr Ceremony. This particular one is actually hand painted!
- Bamboo, painted
- Mouthpiece made of beeswax or polished wood
- Wide range of strongly variable sounds, rich in overtones
- With circular breathing, a mysterious, easily modulated, continuous drone can be maintained
- Sacred woodwind instrument of the Australian aborigines
- Therapeutically used to heal apnea and snoring