These pics were taken at a market day here in Mildura and I made a point of taking these pics as they show two young Aboriginal boys from the local community displaying their talent in playing the traditional musical instrument called the Didgeridoo . The Didgeridoo is made from the hollowed out interior of a suitable native tree, the Didge as it is also called is hollowed out by termites that eat the inner portion of the wood .As with imagemaking, Aboriginal music also unites consciousness with the invisible laws and energy patterns of nature. Aboriginal art is perhaps most accurately described as a method for gaining knowledge of nature and its invisible Dreaming. An example is the playing of the didgeridoo, a long wooden flute, perhaps the oldest musical instrument on earth.
Traditionally, an Aborigine would go into nature and listen intensely to animal sounds, not just voices but also the flapping of wings or the thump of feet on the ground. The Aborigine would also listen to the sounds of wind, thunder, trees creaking, and water running. The essences of all these sounds were played with as much accuracy as possible within the droning sound of the didgeridoo. For the Aborigine, the observation of nature immediately requires a state of empathy, which leads to am imitative expression. I hope you enjoy the pics of the young boys and also a sample of the sounds of the Didgeridoo.