Yulara is an isolated town in the Southern Region of the Northern Territory, Australia. ] It is 18 km by road from world heritage site Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 55 km from Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The town was built in early 1970, because unmonitored tourism including motels near the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) was having detrimental effects on the environment surrounding Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Now all the tourist coming to Uluru have the stop in Yulara. There are many shops with souvanirs there, with Aboriginal art, nets against flies (indispensable in Uluru). And once a day there are lessons of playing didgeridoo. The women are not allowed to play it, so I just observed this boys playing.
As you can see, the instruments have different view.
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe".
Authentic Aboriginal didgeridoos are produced in traditionally oriented communities in Northern Australia or by makers who travel to Central and Northern Australia to collect the raw materials. They are usually made from hardwoods, especially the various eucalyptus species that are endemic to the region. Generally the main trunk of the tree is harvested, though a substantial branch may be used instead. Aboriginal didgeridoo craftsmen hunt for suitably hollow live trees in areas with obvious termite activity. Termites attack these living eucalyptus trees, removing only the dead heartwood of the tree, as the living sapwood contains a chemical that repels the insects. Various techniques are employed to find trees with a suitable hollow, including knowledge of landscape and termite activity patterns, and a kind of tap or knock test, in which the bark of the tree is peeled back, and a fingernail or the blunt end of a tool, such as an axe is knocked against the wood to determine if the hollow produces the right resonance.
Once a suitably hollow tree is found, it is cut down and cleaned out, the bark is taken off, the ends trimmed, and the exterior is shaped; this results in a finished instrument. This instrument may be painted or left undecorated. A rim of beeswax may be applied to the mouthpiece end. Traditional instruments made by Aboriginal craftsmen in Arnhem Land are sometimes fitted with a 'sugarbag' mouthpiece. This black beeswax comes from wild bees and has a distinctive aroma.
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snunney (72604) 2013-08-19 2:26
Stood up, the instruments would be somewhat taller than their would-be players. Interesting daily life image full of charm and very well presented.
limielski (2571) 2013-08-19 3:44
Wyobraź sobie, że ostatnio na starówce grali na podobnych, tyle, ze raczej nie na australijskich a tybtańskich, oprócz ornamentystyki właściwie niczym sie nie różniły.
Fajne ujecie i ładna prezentacja tych instrumentów. Ciekawe, ze rózne kultury niezaleznie od siebie maja własciwe tak samo skonstruowane instrumenty, ale to po prostu fizyka.
rbassin (13275) 2013-08-19 4:03
Une photo intéressante sur cet ancien instrument.
Sergiom (45308) 2013-08-19 5:09
Cela ne semble pas facile et demander beaucoup de souffle pour sortir un son de cet instrument de musique.J'apprécie quand même l'effort et le sérieux de la leçon.
macondo (18461) 2013-08-19 5:42
Terrific photo of these young white boys learning the aboriginal instrument. Since your note was so informative about the building of the town, I think you did well to include so much of its environment in the picture, placing the rotunda thing slightly off centre and making good use of the instruments radiating from it. A delightful shot and good note. I must go back to central Australia one day soon - I haven't been since 1988!
serp2000 (33061) 2013-08-19 9:54
It reminds me a vuvuzela from South Africa ;) Another interesting story from your Australian trip, good capture of the learning process, good illustration of your very informative note. I am very busy with my work, but I already want get next trip.
Your Mr. Itchy Feet! ;)
ktanska (22648) 2013-08-19 10:01
These guys are surely having good time learning how to play that traditional instrument. I'm sure they have a long way ahead if they want to become masters. Well laid out shady area protecting from the hot desert sun.
holmertz (31226) 2013-08-19 10:28
Learning to play the didgeridoo is probably not as easy as it looks :-).
You show us an interesting photo accompanied by a very informative note, just the way it should be. These people did you the favour of stepping out of the merciless sun, so everything important to the photo is well exposed. It's a very nice and colourful picture.
jjcordier (67180) 2013-08-19 22:21
Depuis quelques jours, ces instruments de musique sont devenus de vraies vedettes sur TE....mais ne sont pas faciles à ramener dans ses bagages!
mesutilgim (72900) 2013-08-19 23:58
Nice and educative entry !
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
I also have such an instrument in my summer house but just for decoration !
TFS and bes regards
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-08-20 5:26
nice colours...great sharpness....
good POV...lovely presentation....
bayno (18334) 2013-08-23 4:23
Very nice scene...very good didgeritoo...