Austin Aboriginal Instruments produces high-end, Yolngu Aboriginal inspired didgeridoos and clap sticks using sustainably harvested, local Texas hardwoods and agave cactus. Our ongoing communication with international didgeridoo craftspersons and performers informs our instrument production processes and guides our long-term vision of generating innovative approaches to didgeridoo craft and performance. We also partner with an Austin based product designer to offer custom didgeridoo carry bags.
Austin Aboriginal Instruments offers didgeridoo workshops, cultural talks and musical demonstrations for schools, organizations, and events. With over 10 years of international live performance experience, AAI artists are available for musical performances and collaborations. In addition, we view our instruments as functional art pieces and contribute selected works for exhibition in galleries and art installations internationally.
Please visit our Exhibitions | Performances | Workshops page to learn more.
We Give Back.
Austin Aboriginal Instruments acknowledges the complex and fascinating wellspring of Yolngu Aboriginal cultural heritage – as well as the contributions of individual Yolngu artists and craftspersons – that continues to guide our instrument production processes and musical practice. We donate 5% of our profits to the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Center to support the production of Yolngu Aboriginal art and music, and to provide supplementary funds for Yolngu cultural heritage preservation projects.
When possible we travel to Yolngu communities to further our knowledge of didgeridoo craft and performance and to bring Texan and American cultural practices and goods to Yolngu artists. Our ongoing collaborations and relationships with Yolngu people are maintained via internet-based communication tools such as Skype and Facetime.
Visit our Blog to explore our stories of travel, art, and performance.