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The Australian government and all its agencies have formally accept didjeridu as the correct spelling. Didjeridu is sometimes spelt didgeridoo, didjeridoo and didgeridu, but However, since didgeridoo is the more popular way of spelling, didjeridu and didgeridoo are used interchangeably throughout the Internet
and print media. Another common term these days is yidaki, a type of didjeridu used by the Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land who call themselves Yolngu. You may sometimes also see yidaki spelt as yidaki, yirdaki or yiraki, but yidaki is the orthographically-correct spelling.
The term didjeridu is onomatopoetic and not of indigenous origin. That is, didjeridu is a word of Western invention, first coined in the early part of the 20th century to describe the sounds made by the instrument. It is also fairly certain that the earliest usage of the expression applied to instruments encountered in Western Arnhem Land or in the region to its immediate south, where repeating rhythms or sound patternings such as "didjeridu-dideru", "didjemro" and "didjeramo-rebo" are found. However, today, the word didjeridu is used much more generally to include instruments originating from all parts of Aboriginal Australia as well as a broad spectrum of instruments produced by indigenous and non-indigenous makers utilising an array of modern materials and methods.
The didjeridu has also been embraced by modern society for a number of other reasons including the relaxing and mildly euphoric state that playing and listening to the didjeridu can bring about. It appears likely that the special breathing technique needed to play the didjeridu as well as the distinct acoustics of the instrument both have positive effects on inducing the alpha brain wave patterns that are associated with deep meditation.
YouTube Video featuring Colin's Art and Kristian
Benton on Didgeridoo
Traditional Australian Aboriginal Song of the Gamilaraay.
by Paul Spearim in English. Sung by Paul Spearim Jnr in
Artwork by Colin Isaacs.
Animation by Steve Day
produced in Moree and Inverell NSW.
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