Winiwini Larry Gurruwiwi yiḏaki Eb/F# (HLY-471)


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Returning customers might find this instrument a little unusual from Larry, and they are right: this is not the tapered, ‘rocket’ sticks we got used to from him, instead it is a slim, long stick that plays in the medium key-range. The backpressure is medium, and almost forces the player to play slower rhythms. The transition between the drone and toot is easy. The sound has great harmonics, warm and has plenty of higher overtones. The body is surprisingly light, the wall is thin and internal chamber is natural.
Due to its playing characteristics, I recommend this great instrument for both traditional and contemporary players.

Key: D/F#
Length: 151cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3cm

Available from New South Wales, Australia with worldwide shipping.

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

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Cultural context

Maker: Winiwini ‘Larry’ 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
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.

Artist: Ḏirrpu Marawili
Clan: Madarrpa
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Waṉḏawuy
Waṉḏawuy is a homeland on the eastern side of Northeast Arnhem Land. the home of the Djapu clan and their gurruṯu (kin).
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

Weight2.3 kg
Dimensions151 cm




Area of origin

Birritjimi community, Northeast Arnhem Land


Natural pigments and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus (Eucalyptus tetrodonta / gaḏayka)

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