BANDED WOODFORDIA & JINIBARA DIDGERIDOO
Hand carved by the Jinibara people, a one-of-a-kind didgeridoo.
All our didgeridoos are eucalyptus (gumtree) trunk naturally hollowed by white ants (termites) in the Australian bush. They have a beeswax mouth and are hand-carved and burnt with cultural symbols including bees, wallabies, turtles, water holes and suns. Our didgeridoos make a beautiful sound covering all notes.
This didgeridoo tells the story of men's and women's meeting places, water holes, campsites and the Jinibara's connection to the universe.
"Now this is special because it has a lot of symbols on it. The reason for that is when someone like me does something, you get your ideas and inspiration from the piece of timber that you have. As for the symbols, we have the native bee with a border around it. We also have the Woodfordia sign and Jinibara Country on the other side. Going down the didgeridoo we have a new symbol because it resembles a jail or a lock-up to represent how our people were kept in confinement. There are waterholes with the three rings and the three lines between them which represent the running stream. We have the moon and stars in the middle and the old kangaroo. The five boomerangs represent happy times when people danced. This is a blackfella playing the didgeridoo but the didgeridoo is shorter. We also have the men’s meeting place, a resting area as well as a women’s meeting place (figure eight symbol).
The series of diamonds with circles represents traditional artwork that goes on the body. And there is also the symbols of a pathway you are not allowed to cross. You can’t stray off that path and it’s symbolised by the lines across it and the lines mean they are protected."
- Artist, Uncle Noel, Jinibara Elder
Own a piece of authentic, Indigenous art created by the Jinibara people.