Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki C/E (HLY-402) SOLD


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One of the last instruments in the stock from Old Man. I recommend this piece for those who are looking for a slow, deep-tuned instrument for relaxation, sound-bath and meditation. The backpressure is quite low, the transition between the drone and toot is comparatively easy, however I needed to get used to the pressure to be able to hit the ‘dups’ easily. Perhaps some wax at the mouthpiece will make it easier to play.
This instrument has been treated with natural tung oil and gum turpentine to treat the timber and avoid cracks due to ageing.

Key: C
Length: 157cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.5cm
Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping

For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below.

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Cultural context

Maker: Djalu Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gälpu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Ŋaypinya
Ŋaypinya is one of the traditional estates of the Gälpu clan, situated on the shores of Caledon Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria, north of Birany Birany homeland. Even though Ŋaypinya is a significant place for the Gurruwiwi’s, it does not have established infrastructure, only occupied occasionally by the traditional land owners and families.

Artist: Dhopiya Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gumatj
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Birany Birany
Birany Birany is a small homeland on the eastern side of Northeast Arnhem Land, on the shores of Caledon Bay. The homeland lays on Gumatj clan land, and home of several Yunupiŋu families; the community includes a few houses and a shop.
Residency: Yirrkala
Yirrkala is the major Aboriginal community of the the Miwatj region, the North-east part of Arnhem Land. The community was established by the Overseas Methodist Mission in the mid-twentieth century, and became the semi-permanent home of members of about 15 different clan-groups who were residing the region in the pre-colonial history. Today, Yirrkala has over 800 residents, have a school, shop, and the home of the word-renowned Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka art centre.

Additional information

Weight7 kg
Dimensions157 cm




Area of origin

Yirrkala community, Northeast Arnhem Land


Acrylic paint and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

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