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Aboriginal Names For The Didgeridoo

Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 in Info & Education by Posted by

There are many different Aboriginal names for the instrument, primarily because there are so many different language groups amongst the Aboriginal people.

In T.B. Wilson’s Narrative of a Voyage Round the World (1835), there is a drawing of an Aboriginal man from Raffles Bay, Coburg Peninsula, playing the instrument. Observations made at Raffles Bay, describe the instrument as being about 3 feet long and made of bamboo. Names obtained were eboro, ebero and ebroo.

According to Prof Trevor Jones, (Monash University) there are at least 45 different synonyms for the didgeridoo. Some are bambu, bombo, kambu, pampuu, (may reflect didgeridoo origins from bamboo), garnbak, illpirra, martba, Jiragi, Yiraki, Yidaki, (seem close dialectically and which means “bamoo” although no longer commonly made from bamboo).

Just Some of the many tribal group names for the didgeridoo…

Tribal Group Region Name for Didgeridoo
Yolngu Arnhem Land yidaki
Anindilyakwa Groote Eylandt ngarrriralkpwina = play didge
Gupapuygu Arnhem Land yiraka = trachea, windpipe
Djinang Arnhem Land rirtakki
Iwaidja Cobourg Peninsula wuyimba = trachea
Jawoyn Katherine artawirr = hollow log
Gagudju Kakadu garnbak
Lardil Mornington Island djibolu
Ngarluma Roebourne kurmur
Nyul Nyul Kimberleys, WA ngaribi = bamboo
Warray Adelaide River bambu = used for singing
Mayali Alligator River martba
Pintupi Central Australia paampu
Arrernte Alice Springs ilpirra

The following list shows the names for the
instrument in the various Maningrida region languages:

Kunwinjku, Kune, Kuninjku – mako (pronounced ‘margo’)
Rembarrnga – liddung, djalubbu
Burarra, Gun-nartpa – ngorla
Dangbon, Dalabon – morlo
Djinang, Wurlaki – wuyimbarl
Ndjebbana (the language of the Kunib’dji people) – ngalidjbinja
Nakkara – ngunebobanja
Gurrgoni – mudburuja
Gundjeihmi (and also Kune) – morle