This is strange when one considers that artisans from those Kimberley communities that once made stone and glass points began to produce artefacts such as boomerangs and didjeridus
(with which they were traditionally never associated) for the market, rather than the points that Harrison believes were in such keen demand.
Based on conversations with Aboriginal women and men in northern Australia and conversations with other researchers, recent work by Barwick (1997) rebuts the myths surrounding "gender taboos and didjeridus.
A number of trade routes met at the area around Borroloola, one coming from the east and dominated by Garrwa people (bringing stone tools, plain boomerangs, spears, coolamons, and shell), another coming from the northwest and dominated by the Marra people (trading didjeridus, stone tools, and parrot feather armlets), and yet another coming from the south and dominated by the Gudanji people (exchanging shields, hooked boomerangs, stone tools, and pearl).
Perhaps the most controversial chapter is Chapter 6, 'Gender 'Taboos' and Didjeridus', where Linda Barwick draws on field work with traditional communities and examines the extent to which the didjeridu can be considered as a proscribed 'male' instrument in traditional Aboriginal cultures.
The Didjeridu: From Arnhem Land to Internet, as the tide suggests is a collection of essays and interviews placing the didjeridu in a number of traditional, contemporary and unusual contexts.
One aspect of the program involved women making and painting didjeridus.
As far as stories about women not being allowed to even touch the instrument, most didjeridus made for the tourist industry are painted by Aboriginal women.
By way of illustration, her most compelling ensemble piece composed in recent years, "Thousand Year Dreaming" (1990), requires traditional instruments such as trombones and woodwinds to share the stage with four didjeridus
, conches, and projections of Paleolithic cave paintings.
He established a business as a tour operator, artist and supplier of didjeridus
, all of which helped to support his extended family of some 60 dependants.
Those who think they know about Aboriginal Australia assume they know all about didjeridus and many even think they can play one.
For Turner it is the playing of music, especially non-verbal melody of an instrument like the didjeridu, which enables us to access the enForms on this and on the other side.
Quite a few didjeridus
were sold--as Margaret Carew put it (Wright 2000), `MAC discovered that there is a huge worldwide demand for didjeridus
and they could meet a niche market for them .