Vernon Gurruwiwi yiḏaki C#/E (HLY-449) SOLD


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As most of our customers know, Vernon is the son of the late yiḏaki master Mr Dj.Gurruwiwi. Vernon is a highly trained yiḏaki player and maker, he has been involved in his father’s business since he was a child.
This instrument comes with medium backpressure, warm sound and acoustics – especially once the instrument warmed up -, the transition between the drone and toot is easy. Even though it has great capacities, due to its lower key, I found this instrument is more suitable for slower rhythms. Recommended for both traditional and contemporary players.

Key: C#
Length: 161cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3.2cm

Available from NSW, Australia. We are currently processing automatic payments for customers within Australia only. If you wish to purchase an instrument from outside of Australia, please contact us via email.

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

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Cultural context

Maker: Vernon 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.
Residency: Birritjimi community and Gapuwiyak community
Birritjimi, also known as Wallaby beach, lays on Rirratjiŋu clan estate, about 10 minutes drive to the north of Nhulunbuy township. The community was originally built for the workers of the nearby mine, today it is occupied by several Yolŋu families since the past decade or so. Birritjimi is well known amongst yiḏaki enthusiasts who were visiting the region, as well as spending time with the Gurruwiwi family, crafting and learning to play the instrument.

Gapuwiyak is one of the major communities in Northeast Arnhem Land, it is 280km – about 3 hours drive – from Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy township.

Additional information

Weight5 kg
Dimensions161 cm




Area of origin

Gapuwiyak community, Northeast Arnhem Land


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