Yidaki - The legend of the didgeridoo


In the Dreamtime Yidaki the warrior was coming home from a hunt when he saw a dead branch lying on the ground. He picked it up and saw daylight coming in from the other end and noticed that there were a lot of little insects [termites] in there. He blew through it to get rid of them and it made a sound. The warrior liked the sound that it made and found that by breathing in through his nose and out through his mouth in a circular fashion he could make rhythm and many other sounds.

Yidaki took his hollow branch back with him and played it for his people. They were drawn to the sound so they painted up with coloured ochre and danced corroboree to its rhythm. This instrument became very popular and part of their culture and was used in ceremony, dance and forms of healing. When Yidaki the warrior died his spirit left his body and went into the hollow log and if you listen to it in a quite place by holding one end to your ear you can still hear Yidaki playing this instrument.

Listen to this spiritual instrument - it will not only enter your ears but it will open your heart and reach and lift your spirit.

Michael J Connolly
Dreamtime Kullilla-Art