Vernon Gurruwiwi yiḏaki E/E (HLY-423) 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 is the first instrument that is coming through under his name, so I am excited to see the next instruments that will come though from him.
In terms of the sound and playability, it is a classic Gälpu stick as we know it through Old Man’s works: rich sound with plenty of deep acoustics, the dup and toot are resonant and you can feel them in your gut, the medium backpressure is well balanced and easy to hit, and the instrument has solid wall that delivers a direct but resonant sound.
Since there are some visible movements in the timber, I offer this instrument on a slightly reduced price; I highly recommend to oil this instrument before shipping, that I can organise upon request.

Key: E
Length: 153.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8-3cm
Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping

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.

Artist: unkown

Additional information

Weight3.5 kg
Dimensions153.5 cm




Area of origin

Gapuwiyak community, Northeast Arnhem Land


Natural pigments and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

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