Silky Oak Clapsticks
Clapsticks are a percussive instrument used by members of the Jinibara to maintain rhythm during ceremony along with singing and chanting. They are struck against each other and are played by both men and women. The clapsticks are made with both a light and dark-coloured timber. These clapsticks are carved from silky oak by Jinibara Elder Uncle Noel. At a length of 25cm.
Each clapstick set produces a different sound. The flatter clapsticks have a lighter sound and are more prevalent and pronounced tone. You can change the tone when you clap on the flat or the edge. And it all depends on the rhythm of the song to get the right beat of the clapsticks. It’s up to you to determine the tempo. The thickness, width and how you hold the clapsticks create a different tune.
Own an authentic, Indigenous artefact created by the Jinibara people.