‘Didgeridoo is his voice’: how Djalu Gurruwiwi embodies the sound of a continent

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The Indigenous elder revered by some as ‘Australia’s Dalai Lama’ is the spiritual keeper of the didgeridoo. A new exhibition honours his legacy and the immense significance of the Yolngu instrument that is helping to heal a divided country.

He is Gurruwiwi: a Yolngu elder and lawman from north-, a songster, healer, virtuoso and master craftsman of the (didgeridoo), as well as the instrument’s spiritual keeper. From up here he surveys his Australian Rules team, smiles and nods in approval as his players go through their pre-season paces, calling for the ball and kicking and marking, on this humid morning.

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