Aurukun yiki-yiki didgeridoo, key D
Sound sample of this didgeridoo:
Comments: An exceedingly rare and beautiful didgeridoo of the yiki-yiki variety from Far North Queensland of 1960s vintage. Exquisitely painted featuring both a marine and terrestrial theme, there are representations of fish, stringray, shark, crab and jellyfish as well as snake-in-tree (Christianity reference?), butterfly, serpentine, avian and anthropomorphic figures.
This yiki-yiki was made for use as evidenced by the deliberately carved mouthpiece opening displaying patina.
Region: Aurukun, FNQ, Queensland
Materials: termite-hollowed eucalyptus, paint
Length: 139 cm
Air chamber volume: 1500 cm3
Mouthpiece diameter: 35-40 mm
Distal end diameter: 6.0 cm
Key: D fundamental, F overtone
Weight: 2.5 kg
Condition: this is a vintage item in used, pre-owned but excellent condition that retains bright colours; structurally sound
Didgeridoo Database accession number: KDSCRF3072
Yamatji woman Jodie Oliver shares her story of a yiki-yiki made for her son