Photographer's Note

I've been inspired by two things this week. Firstly it was Craig's recent posting of a honky pakeha playing the didgeridoo in downtown Krakow, Poland. I loved it, it was so unusual to see such a scene. And secondly, the fact that it is Indigenous Music Week here in Australia.

Craig's posting got us talking about the didgeridoo, Aboriginal customs (one of which is that it is absolutely forbidden for a female to play the didgeridoo) and of then of course Aboriginal music and dance.

Here is some music by the band Yothu Yindi, the film clip shows wonderful aspects of Aboriginal custom, the Corroborree dance, the didgeridoo, the music sticks: Djapana

One of my favourite artists (and one of this country's greatest musical talents) is Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu (Mandawuy's brother). You can listen to him here: Wiyathul

Or if you're more into rock, have a listen to Dan Sultan: Old Fitzroy and Christine Anu My Island Home

The man in this photo is probably from the Gundungarra or Dharug tribe, the caretakers of the land around Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. I've said it many times before here, but one of the central tenets of Aboriginal custom and spirituality is the meaning of land and ownership. The words of Mandawuy Yunipingu, God rest him, ring so true today and then: "We don't own Mother Earth. Mother Earth owns us"

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

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