WOODFORD & JINIBARA CLAPSTICKS
Hand carved by the Jinibara people, a one-of-a-kind set of 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. The light timer is grey ash from Uncle Noel’s property in Woodford.
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.
These clapsticks tell the story of the relationship between the Jinibara people and the Woodford Folk Festival's home at Woodfordia. There are symbols pertaining to the sun, moon and stars as well as women's and men's meeting places.
Own a piece of authentic, Indigenous art created by the Jinibara people.