ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE

Jacob Ganambarr: Yidaki

Jacob is now ten years old and from the Datawuy clan and has been playing Yidaki since he was three. In Milingimbi nowadays young people learn to play the instrument using leftover plastic plumber's pipe. Then when you are big enough to hold the Yidaki it is time to play the real thing.

"All this is about handing on culture to the next generation and to keep culture strong"

Yidaki is the Yolngu name for didgeridoo and Jacob is keen to show us just how well he can now play this instrument. Jacob can dance too and all this is about handing on culture to the next generation and to keep culture strong. Jacob also loves to play his music. The didgeridoo of course is now popular worldwide but here in Milingimbi are the traditional sounds of culture and nature.

Jacob is the son of artist Wilson Ganambarr Manydjarri (Wilson’s bark painting is in the background) and Abigail Mundjula.

Filmed at the Milingimbi Art Centre, here is the link to the art centre's Facebook page.

SUBJECT: Aboriginal art and culture / Yolngu / Arnhem Land / Yidaki / Keeping knowledge