TURTLE & VINE 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. The darker pieces are Australian wattle. Black wattle is very special and used to make spears, boomerangs, woomeras and clapsticks.
Each clapstick set produces a different sound. The clapsticks which are round and pointy have a deeper, dull 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 feature symbols pertaining to the vine and the turtle.
Own a piece of authentic, Indigenous art created by the Jinibara people.