Paul Maymuru yiḏaki F/Ab (HLY-421) SOLD


Out of stock

Many yiḏaki collectors will appreciate this instrument: perfect shape, playability and the miny’tji (artwork) makes this stick quite unique. The characteristics of this yiḏaki same as other works from Paul Maymuru: easy transition from the drone to the toot, direct sound with rich acoustics and superb craftsmanship. The fine artwork, painted with natural pigments, depicts the Milky Way: this particular design belongs to the Maŋgalili clan who sing the song-cycle about the two ancestral beings who were drown close to the river-mouth of the Milŋiyawuy river (named as Koolatong by ŋäpaki/white man) after their canoe was tipped over by a huge tidal wave (an event sung by different Yolŋu clan-groups in the area). As the Yolŋu historical accounts say, the spirits of the men then became stars and entered into a never-ending cycle of incarnation and re-incarnation from human beings into stars again. Yolŋu use the Milŋiyawuy river as an analogue to pass on an immense sacred and sacred story that ties the Maŋgalili ancestral beings, some totemic figures, the river, the land around Djarrakpi (a nearby homeland at Cape Shield) and the Milky Way together.

Key: F
Length: 132.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm
Available from NSW, Australia with worldwide shipping

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

Listen to this yiḏaki here:

Out of stock

SKU: HLY-421 Categories: , , Tags: , ,

Cultural context

Maker: Paul Maymuru
Clan: Maŋgalili
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Djarrakpi
Djarrakpi is a small community in the Blue Mud Bay, the spiritual homeland of the Maŋgalili clan.
Place of residency: Bälma
Bälma is a remote homeland about one hour drive from Gapuwiyak community, the home of only a few Yolŋu families who live far from the ‘mainstream’ civilisation, often isolated for months during the wet season.


Additional information

Weight2.5 kg
Dimensions132.5 cm
Area of origin

Bälma homeland, Northeast Arnhem Land


Natural pigments on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus (gaḏayka)





Mouthpiece diameter internal


Mouthpiece diameter external


Distal end diameter internal


Distal end diameter external


Go to Top