Aboriginal didgeridoo art and artists help didgeridoo sale


Didgeridoo sale takes up a considerable share in Australian tourist trade. With the rise of didgeridoo sale figures grows the number of misconceptions about the authenticity of aboriginal didgeridoo art. The decoration on the instruments helps the sale immensely, but it is more than a mere tool in the didgeridoo sale, it is an aboriginal art form that tips the scale in choosing didgeridoos.

Aboriginal didgeridoo decoration used to belong to the same category of aboriginal activity as ground painting and body decoration. The didgeridoo artwork had value and meaning only in preparation for and during the Corroboree. After that the artwork, most often with the didgeridoo itself, was discarded. Didgeridoo was a luxury for the nomadic lifestyle: it is bulky and has only a very restricted use.

After the Aborigines had settled down around the white establishments they started to accumulate more personal belongings than the nomadic way of life would have ever allowed. As soon as the didgeridoo could remain in lasting possession, the aboriginal art on it became more permanent and aboriginal ingenuity did find many ways to decorate the instrument. They used their usual decoration techniques: in southern areas mostly engraving, while in the northern areas painting. In-between are different combinations of the two, with an addition of the burning technique.

The puri-puri's magic enhanced the strength and, with it, the value of the tool-weapon and Aborigines gave a personal touch to it, they marked the artifacts with their "monogram". The knowledge and mastery, they acquired from hours after hours spent on decorating their utensils, became a commodity with the expansion of tourist trade and today aboriginal art is mostly soled as decoration on artifacts: boomerangs, clapsticks, dillybags and, of course, didgeridoos.

When buying a didgeridoo, keep in mind that didgeridoo art and it's connection to the local aboriginal culture is very important. When you find out later that didgeridoo playing is not for you, or not your everyday pastime, at least you ended up with a nice memento and a valuable piece of aboriginal artwork. On the didgeridoo sale page in our on-line boutique we have very good examples of most decorative styles used by the east Australian Aborigines.

Burned didgeridoo decorations:

didgeridoo art - burnt-in decorationDespite the fact that this technique is relatively new (although the same age as acrylic painting), and is adopted from white settlers, the style is unmistakably original aboriginal .

In the eastern states burned decoration began very early, so, there is an established tradition Ngamu-Kari is following on one side, the other is stemming from her deeper Kuku Yalanji roots. The two traditions grow out into her unique style, which blends very well with the natural colours of the wood.

Painted didgeridoos:

didgeridoo art - painted decorationFrom naturally occurring, but to handling very sensitive and easily perishable ochre, charcoal and pipeclay, there is a change over to acrylic paints. Other than this change, Yoongali's style is very much traditional Djabugay in its origins, and yet manages to avoid repetition in any way. In fact, one of the merits of her work is the special individuality of every piece that she paints.

Mixed didgeridoo decorations:

didgeridoo art - combined decorationThe Naiuwa didgeridoos unique appearance comes from a balanced and tasteful combination of burning, painting and dot-painting. The blend of these three techniques gives an outstanding three-dimensional appearance to the decorations, a uniqueness. These didgeridoos are of a distinctive brand, easily singled out by the Naiuwa hallmark, still every one is an individual spirit.

You will find Naiuwa didgeridoos on sale in Europe and North America, but for the best prices you have to check the Naiuwa Didgeridoos for Sale selection on this site.

Naiuwa also produces some very nice carved didgeridoos and some rarities for didgeridoo collectors.