Napunda Marawili yidaki (HLY-249) SOLD


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A great, 100% traditional yiḏaki from Yilpara outstation in the Blue Mud Bay. Its sound has a great depth and warmth, rich in overtones and bass. The transition between the drone ant the toot is super easy, the dups sound great. The size of the mouthpiece reduced with the mixture of glue and wood chips that reflects the maker’s attention to detail. I recommend this instrument for players who look for a great, natural traditional stick.

Listen to this yiḏaki here:


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Cultural context

Maker: Napunda Marawili
Clan: Madarrpa
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Yilpara

Yilpara – also called Baniyala – is a small outstation sits on the shores of Blue Mud Bay. The community has about 10 residential houses, a school and clinic. The traditional owners belong to the Madarrpa clan, and govern the community by strong traditional values, following guidelines embedded by the ancient Yolŋu Law. Napunda rarely makes yiḏaki for sale, although his instruments are sought by players for their superb playing qualities.

Additional information

Weight3 kg
Dimensions131.5 cm




Area of origin

Yilpara, Northeast Arnhem Land


Acrylic paint and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

Mouthpiece diameter internal

2.7 cm

Mouthpiece diameter external

4 cm

Distal end diameter internal

5.2-5.5 cm

Distal end diameter external

8-8.5 cm


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