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Author: Austin Didgeridoo

Innovations and Future Directions in Didgeridoo Production, Performance, and Exhibition

Posted by Austin Didgeridoo on December 6, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

Our last article on Cultural Appropriation discusses a fairly pervasive problem facing would-be innovators of didgeridoo craft, exhibition, and performance: the didgeridoo is often promoted as a “traditional” and/or “primitive” instrument.  Frequently, collectors and fans of the didgeridoo and didgeridoo music perceive Aboriginal people and cultures as “primitive” and/or “traditional” out of a type of

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Cultural Appropriation or Collaborative Translation?: “White” People Building Didgeridoo with Yolngu Permission

Posted by Austin Didgeridoo on December 6, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

In February of 2004, icy winds blew across South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, biting my nose, forcing my jacket shut. I walked, bamboo didgeridoo in hand past vendor booths selling handmade jewelry, tie-dyed t-shirts and “vintage” records.  Searching for the monthly “First Thursday” drum circle, I kept an ear to the wind, and continued

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