- Key : D# – D#
- Size: 166,5cm
- Mouthpiece: 4cm
- Bell: 10cm
This is what happens when everything comes together. Termites, tree, Yolŋu yiḏaki crafter #1 and a senior Dhudi-Djapu lady with a magic brush.
This is how this instrument was described on the Yirrkala Yidaki facebook page:
It has been painted with designs that represent Bawaŋ, a seasonal potato that grows wild in Arnhem land. Bawaŋ is an important food source and also represents a source of power, as it is the food eaten by Bolŋu, a powerful creation ancestor for the Dhuwa moiety.
Mulkun recently completed a significant collection of paintings that document and preserve her botanical knowledge of traditional Yolŋu plant usage. This collection has been purchased by art collectors and then donated to the National Museum of Australia as a permanent collection. A book will be produced from this collection, which will include both the Yolŋu and the botanical names for each plant species, plus the uses and identification resources for these plants. This represents the documentation of very important cultural knowledge, fulfilling the personal vision of Mulkun in her desire to renew the knowledge of these plants. When she was young this was the food that she grew up on. As she says in her own words “In those days the elders lived for a long time without illness.”
Besides the significant painting by Mulkun about the yiḏaki by one off the best yiḏaki craftsmen of nowadays I can say only 1 thing: It plays like that 1% top quality that old man Djalu makes!
A true collectors piece that plays like a dream!!!